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The Arizona Winds Pay Tribute

to America’s Armed Forces

            GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 1, 2014) —The Arizona Winds  concludes its 2013-2014 concert season with two concerts honoring America’s men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to guarantee America’s freedom for 239 years.  The concerts will be held at the Sonoran Plaza in Sun City Grand, 19753 N. Remington Dr. in Surprise on Sunday, May 18th, and again in the Mountain Ridge High School Auditorium located at 22800 North 67th Avenue in Glendale, Sunday, May 25th. The concerts, which begin at 3:00 p.m., are free and open to the public and are supported by a generous grant by the Sundome Performing Arts Association.  Admission is free.

            “This is one of our favorite concerts of the season”, said the band’s music director and conductor, Colonel Rich Shelton. “We are so fortunate to be citizens of this great country and we owe so much to the men and women or our armed services, both past and present, for their sacrifices to preserve our freedom and blessed way of life”, continued Shelton.

            The concert opens with a composition entitled "Festival Overture on the American National Air-The Star Spangled Banner", which develops the melodic themes of our National Anthem in an 19th Century-style orchestral setting that ends with an emotionally charged version of "The Star Spangled Banner".  The program takes a step back in time to explore some musical themes which were popular during the American Civil War such as "Listen To The Mocking Bird", "Camptown Races", "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", "The Yellow Rose of Texas", and the ever inspiring "Battle Hymn of the Republic".  With a nod to our Greatest Generation, the band will perform an audience favorite, Richard Rogers' "Victory At Sea", a

symphonic scenario from the 1952 documentary television series about warfare in general during World War II, and naval warfare in particular.  On the lighter side, there will be a kind of "who-done-it" of Broadway musicals as the band races through themes from 13 of the Great White Way's most memorable musical moments.  And of course no patriotic concert would be complete without plenty of good 'ol fashioned marches and a Salute to our Armed Forces to set your feet tapping and prime your patriotism.

            Be sure to join The Arizona Winds for this special Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day tribute.  For further information about this concert and future concerts, visit the band’s website at, or on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter!