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News - December 7, 2012

Air Force jazz ensemble to play at Las Positas

Free concert Dec. 10 to feature music by Commanders

by Jeb Bing

The Commanders Jazz Ensemble, part of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, will present a free public concert Dec. 10 at Las Positas College.

The concert is being sponsored by the college's Veterans First Program.

Under the direction of Senior Master Sgt. Rick Thorp, The Commanders, based at Travis Air Force Base, carry on the American musical tradition of great traveling big bands. This energetic group of highly trained professional airmen-musicians plays everything from traditional jazz, cool, bop and swing, to Broadway favorites, popular tunes, Latin rhythms and patriotic music.

Featured during the concert will be the music of jazz legends Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie and Charlie Parker, as well as contemporary big band leaders and composers such as Gordon Goodwin and Maria Schneider.

The Air Force Band of the Golden West is the only active-duty Air Force band west of the Rockies.

The widely known Commanders will perform in the Main Stage auditorium of the College's Mertes Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Although there is no charge for admission, the campus has a $2 parking fee. Daily tickets are available from vending machines in the campus parking lots.

The College is located at 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore 94551. For more information, contact Todd Steffan at 424-1571 or


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