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Air Force Band to perform at Yavapai College

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PRESCOTT - "America's International Musical Ambassadors" are scheduled to perform at the Yavapai College Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12.

Col. Dennis Layendecker, a graduate of the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, will lead the 65-member United States Air Force Concert Band through light classics, popular tunes and classical transcriptions, accompanied by the 23-voice chorus, The Singing Sergeants.

The Singing Sergeants cover a wide repertoire that includes opera, pop standards, musical theater and jazz.

"That's the best band around, I tell you. And I've had them all here," said John Hafer, military band promoter, about the United States Air Force Band.

Hafer is an honorary member of the Airmen of Note, a component of the Air Force Band and formerly the Glen Miller Orchestra, and has brought the Navy, Marines and two Air Force bands to the area since 1995.

Hafer performed with the Airmen of Note in the late '40s and early '50s.

Based out of Washington, D.C., the Air Force Band, Navy Band and Marine Band maintain strict audition requirements; most members are music conservatory graduates, Hafer said, adding that some members remain active performers with the bands for as long as 20 years.

The Air Force Band and its vocal chorus, The Singing Sergeants, have a reputation around the world as performing a wide variety of music with maximum professional execution, Hafer said.

"The guys in D.C. are the top musicians in the military," he said.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Air Force, which was the Army Air Corp in 1947.

The United States Air Force Band has embarked on more than 25 world tours, performing in more than 50 countries.

Tickets for the concert are free and available at radio station KNOT at 2225 E. Highway 69.

If tickets are no longer available, the doors will open at 7:15 p.m. for non-ticket holders to fill any vacant seats.

The Navy band is scheduled to perform at Prescott High School on March 4.