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Air Force Band to Perform at I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA

WHO:United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants

WHAT: A special concert performance. Tickets are free and are required to attend

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, October 26 

WHERE: I.M. Terrell Academy Auditorium 1411 I.M. Terrell Circle
Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Street parking around I.M. Terrell Circle is first-come, first-serve, with limited VIP parking. Overflow parking is located at the Fort Worth Housing Solutions facility with shuttle available to the auditorium before and after the concert.    

SUMMARY: The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants from Washington, D.C. will be performing a special concert in Fort Worth on Friday, October 26. The concert will be the first public performance at the newly constructed I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA. The performance will be conducted by Colonel Larry H. Lang, Commander and Conductor of the Band and an El Paso, Texas native.usaf band

The performance is part of a 12-day community relations tour to New Mexico and Texas this October. All concerts are free and open to the public. Ticket information for these concerts is available at

Technical Sgt. James Layfield, a trombonist and native of McKinney, Texas, is especially excited about this tour. “I'm thrilled to be heading back to my home state of Texas,” says Layfield. “Studying with great professors at The University of Texas at Arlington and at Southern Methodist University helped get me to where I am today.” Layfield, along with the other members of the trombone section, will be a featured soloist on Ernesto Lecuona’s Malagueña. “It’s an honor to be featured this tour and I can't wait to share our performance with all of my family and friends who will attend.”

Many Air Force Band members hail from Texas or have attended school there. The members

with connections closest to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area include:

Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Irish (baritone vocalist; Dallas, TX native; graduate of Hardin-

Simmons and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)

Senior Master Sgt. Tracey MacDonald (oboe; Duncanville, TX native; graduate of The

University of Texas and University of North Texas)

Master Sgt. Matt Nudell (trombone; South Methodist University graduate) Technical Sgt. Ricky Parrell (saxophone; University of North Texas graduate)

Technical Sgt. Matthew Penland (percussion; University of North Texas graduate)

In addition to daily tour performances, members of the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will also be mentoring students in local communities through the Advancing Innovation through Music (AIM) educational outreach program. On a typical AIM visit, Air Force Band members work with individual instrument groups at a local school, focusing on skills such as proper technique, musical phrasing and correct posture. Then, the groups combine as a whole in a "side- by-side" rehearsal demonstration, where the students can hear how the music they are working on is performed at a professional level.

"Our AIM program has been an outstanding success, allowing us to reach over 100,000 students in the Washington, D.C. area over the last five years with music clinics, side-by-side performances and rehearsals with school groups and professional music demonstrations,” says Air Force Band Commander and Conductor, Colonel Larry H. Lang. “As we tour across the nation performing our community outreach mission, AIM fills a vital role in helping us connect the Air Force to our communities."

The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants are two of the six performing ensembles within The United States Air Force Band, the premier musical organization of the U.S. Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., The U.S. Air Force Band honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America.


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