Air Force band presents free show in Port Angeles tonight

By Peninsula Daily News staff

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PORT ANGELES — Performing new and sophisticated jazz to classic big-band sounds of Glenn Miller to patriotic salutes to veterans and America, the Falconaires will give a free concert tonight in the Port Angeles High School auditorium — the place that went dark last time it was in town.

It was November 2010, and a windstorm put the power out shortly after the Falconaires, the Air Force's 16-piece jazz band, began to play.

“We had to usher 1,100 people out of the auditorium in the dark” using cellphone glow and flashlights, concert organizer Bobbie Usselman recalled.

The Falconaires vowed to return to Port Angeles “and finish what we started,” said Master Sgt. Jason Crowe, band leader and bass player.

Doors of the high school auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave., will open at 6:30 p.m., and no tickets are needed for admission.

Seating is first come, first served.

As this event is sponsored by the Peninsula Daily News, Editor and Publisher John Brewer will welcome the audience at 7 p.m.

Then the Stardust Big Band's 19 players, who are donating their performance, will play for half-hour to warm up the crowd for the Falconaires.

Earlier in the day, the Falconaires will present a jazz clinic for high school music students from across the North Olympic Peninsula.

The band's Port Angeles visit is co-sponsored by Port Angeles High School, its band boosters club and the Stardust band.

For more information about Monday's concert, phone Brewer at 360-417-3500 or Usselman, who is a Stardust clarinetist and Sequim's deputy city clerk, at 360-681-3432.

Last modified: April 21. 2012 9:03PM
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