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Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012 7:49 am

The United States Air Force Concert Band will make a stop in Tempe at Arizona State University on the last leg of its two-week tour though California and Arizona.

The concert band, directed and conducted by Col. Larry Lang, will perform at Gammage Auditorium on Oct. 25. Performing a medley of patriotic songs, also featuring the Singing Sergeants, Lang said the concert’s theme represents the more than 500,000 stationed airmen around the world.

“It’s a celebration of the expertise and excellence,” said Lang, who is on his first tour with the concert band as conductor.

The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants are just two of six musical ensembles within the United States Air Force Band. Others include brass, strings, wind, and even a rock ensemble.

For Chief Jan Duga, performing at ASU this month will serve as a career coming full circle. Since graduating from ASU in 1982, she joined the U.S. Air Force almost immediately after.

“It helped me land this job in the first place,” said Duga, who is touring for the last time before retiring next spring.

The concert of patriotic theme differs from other stops on their tour, Lang said, with the Tempe performance focusing on the Air Force. In an effort to reach out to students and veterans with their music, Duga said the concert band members like to hear stories from past servicemen and women.

“We want people to have fun and feel a little more patriotic,” Duga said.

As a tuba player since fourth grade, Duga said performing with the concert band over her years in service has been great.

“It is amazing to think of all the amazing experiences that I’ve had,” Duga added. “And to represent the Air Force and serve my country.”

The United States Air Force Concert Band will perform at Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, 1200 Forest Ave. in Tempe, on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

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