Air Force Band To Perform Holiday Concert

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Heartland Of America Band Coming To Glenwood Dec. 7

The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band will be spreading holiday cheer next month in Glenwood.

Through the sponsorship of The Opinion-Tribune newspaper and Glenwood Community School District, the band from Offutt Air Force Base will present its 2014 “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert at the Glenwood Community High School auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m.

Free tickets for the Pearl Harbor Day concert will be available on a first-come basis beginning Monday,  Nov. 17, at The Opinion-Tribune office, Glenwood State Bank and First National Bank. Ticket distribution will be limited to four per request. Seating for the concert will be general admission and ticket holders will be required to be seated 10 minutes prior to the start of the performance.

From 1987 to 2012, the Heartland of America Band performed a series of holiday concerts in Omaha, most recently at the Holland Performing Arts Center. However, cuts to the Pentagon’s music budget mandated in federal budget sequestration legislation have restricted the amount of money branches of the military can spend on community outreach events, like musical concerts and air shows.

In lieu of the holiday concerts in downtown Omaha, the band decided last year to give a series of holiday performances at high school auditoriums in the metropolitan area. The Glenwood concert will be the band’s lone performance in Iowa. Performances are also planned in the Nebraska communities of Bellevue and Papillion. The band performed holiday concerts in the three communities last December.

Opinion-Tribune editor Joe Foreman said the newspaper is honored to partner with the school district in bringing the concert to Glenwood.

“As we saw last year, the Heartland of America Band puts on a first-class holiday show,” Foreman said. “It’s a privilege for Glenwood to be hosting this special group of musicians once again.”