Wild Blue Country coming to Dalhart
By Robin Scott
Starch a pair of Wranglers and a snap front shirt, shine the Justins and polish the rodeo belt buckle ‘cause the United States Air Force Academy Band ensemble Wild Blue Country will perform in Dalhart on Sunday, November 15th at 3:00 p.m. at the Dalhart High School Auditorium. The entire community is invited to this once in a lifetime concert, free of charge.
Wild Blue Country’s members include Lieutenant Colonel Larry H. Lang, Commander and conductor of the United States Air Force Academy Band; Chief Master Sergeant Scott M. Barbier, band manager and logistics; Chief Master Sergeant Randall A. Doersch, band manager; Support TSgt Timothy A. Stombaugh, percussion; Technical Sergeant Jeff S. Valentine, steel guitar; Master Sergeant Jerome J. Oddo, bass and group leader, Technical Sergeant Julie A. Bradley, voice; Technical Sergeant Stephen L. Brannen, guitar; and Master Sergeant Janusz S. Masztalerz, audio engineer. Each member also performs in other USAF bands, including the concert band and marching band. This diverse and talented group lights up the stage wherever they perform.
Wild Blue Country regularly appears on the “Grand Ole Opry” and other television shows such as “Nashville Now,” “Opry Back Stage,” and has appeared on “Good Morning America.” The band has appeared with country legends Charlie Daniels, the late Conway Twitty, Boxcar Willie, Hank Williams, Jr., Louise Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Roger Miller, Ray Price, “Whispering” Bill Anderson, Mickey Gilley, Brent Mason and more. They remain a favorite of both military and civilian audiences. Wild Blue Country supports every Air Force mission, including establishing local and international community relations, creating recruitment interest and providing support for deployed troops.
The band’s arrival in Dalhart will come just days after Veterans Day and provides an opportunity to show continued support for the U. S. Armed Forces. The band performs to packed houses throughout the country and to excited viewers on television. Help make their visit to Dalhart memorable and plan to attend the performance, which is sponsored by the Dalhart Texan, Secretel, and KGNC Radio. Susan Clay, Publisher of the Dalhart Texan, is pleased and excited to bring this talented group to Dalhart again. It’s sure to be great entertainment for a Sunday afternoon.
For more information about the USAF Academy Band and ensembles visit www.usafacademyband.