Three bands — concert, jazz, and rock — will perform on June 30

Three bands with the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest will perform a free community concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 30, at the Roland Fine Arts Center at Hannibal-LaGrange University.

The bands are the 46-member Concert Band, Harmony in Blue jazz ensemble and Permanent Party rock band. Local sponsors are the Hannibal Concert Association, Hannibal Arts Council and Hannibal Courier-Post. 

The bands performing a diverse musical repertoire that preserves their national heritage as Americans.

They instill patriotism, national pride and esprit de corps. The Band of the Midwest performs a role in communicating the message and professionalism of today’s United States Air Force and Air National Guard.

In the words of Gen Carl A. Spaatz, the first USAF Chief of Staff, “Public support is as essential to effective air power as industries, airplanes, and airmen.”

Stationed at the Peoria Air National Guard Base and attached to the 182nd Airlift Wing, this group serves as musical ambassadors of the Midwest. Each of the highly trained musicians are citizen-soldiers, performing with the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest only two days per month, and traveling on a two-week performance tour in the summer.

While their primary Area of Responsibility encompasses Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, the Band of the Midwest has also traveled and performed extensively for both civilian and military audiences throughout the United States and the world.