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U.S. Air Force band coming to Stambaugh

Free concert set for Nov. 18

YOUNGSTOWN — Stambaugh Auditorium will host the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band on Nov. 18 and will offer a pre-concert dinner to recognize local veterans.

The Youngstown theater has featured many of the military ensembles over the years, most recently the Air Force’s Airmen of Note jazz ensemble in June.

“The sense of community was evident with all of the guests and patrons who came to Stambaugh to see the event,” said JoAnn Stock, chief development officer for Stambaugh. “You could feel the excitement in the concert hall and the applause the band received. It was just a wonderful evening, and we expect the same with this concert.”

The Heritage of America Concert Band performs for more than 1.5 million people each year, and includes more than 40 Air Force members-musicians who perform a repertoire that includes orchestral classics, marches, Broadway hits, jazz standards, movie music and patriotic favorites.

In its history, the ensemble has received many military awards, including eight Air Force Outstanding Unit awards and three Colonel George S. Howard Citations of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands.

Admission to the 7:30 p.m. concert is free, but tickets are required and are available now at the Stambaugh box office between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, online at www.stambaughauditorium .com, by calling 330-259-0555 and by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope along with first and last name, phone number or email address and the number of ticket requested (maximum of four tickets) to: Stambaugh Auditorium box office, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, OH 44504.

The dinner to be held in the Jeanne D. Tyler Grand Ballroom prior to the concert is something new.

“The U.S. Air Force jazz band in the summer was such a great event,” Stock said “I thought it might be nice to do something in addition to that, especially since it’s so close to Veterans Day.”

The buffet dinner is open to the public and will include: smoked ham slices, sliced turkey breast, mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, stuffing with dried cranberries, green bean casserole, crisp garden salad with choice of dressing, fresh baked rolls with sweet cream butter, and dessert choice of apple pie, pecan pie or pumpkin pie. Water, tea and coffee are included, and a cash bar will be available.

Tickets for the dinner are $40. The Vindicator edition of the Tribune Chronicle is the event’s media sponsor.

“We’re looking for local businesses as sponsors to provide complimentary meals, and we’re working with different veterans organizations to determine who those veterans should be,” Stock said.

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