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NEWS | Dec. 17, 2015

Band of the West brings holiday spirit to military, community

Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs

The Air Force Band of the West performed their annual Holiday in Blue concert Dec. 5 and 7 at the Edgewood Theatre of Performing Arts in San Antonio.

The concert offered an opportunity for members of the military and the local community to come together and enjoy holiday music, reflect on service members stationed around the world and away from their families during the holidays and a chance to thank the people of San Antonio for their continued support of the military.

“Holiday music is a lot of fun, but what’s really neat is that we have the opportunity to give back to the San Antonio community for the support they have given us all year long,” 2nd Lt. Christina Muncey, Air Force Band of the West flight commander, said. “The holiday season is always a time for cheer, family and friends. It can be an especially challenging time for military members and their families who have loved ones deployed overseas and are unable to come home for the holidays. Hopefully this concert will be a good reminder to folks to look out for each other this holiday season.”

The USAF Band of the West travels more than 125,000 miles annually and provides hundreds of performances to military and civilian audiences throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Airmen assigned to the Air Force band are highly trained professional musicians who have dedicated themselves to telling the Air Force story through music.

“My favorite thing about doing these concerts is being able to represent the other Airmen in the Air Force to our audience,” Senior Airman Emily Matter, Air Force Band of the West bassoonist, said. “As band members we are able to go out into the public where some of the other career fields aren’t, and this is our way to show that the excellence and dedication you see on stage is representative of the rest of the United States Air Force.”