The U.S. Air Force Academy Band from Colorado Springs presents “A Celebration of Excellence” at 7 p.m. April 14 at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Hays. The family friendly event will feature the Concert Band in a program that highlights musical diversity and represents the excellence of our men and women in uniform. The concert is free and open to the public. General admission ticket distribution will begin March 26 at the Hays Welcome Center and The Hays Daily News.

Under the command of Lt. Col. Daniel L. Price, the U.S. Air Force Academy Band represents the Air Force Academy and its mission to educate, train and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the U.S. Air Force in service to our nation.

One of nine performing ensembles within the Academy Band, the Concert Band is comprised of 45 professional active-duty airman musicians. From patriotic favorites and traditional marches to spectacular concert works and Broadway classics, this versatile ensemble presents a unique variety of musical styles that is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. The Concert Band supports the Academy Band’s mission to advance the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Global Air Force missions by providing professional music products and services for official military, recruiting and community relations events worldwide.

For more than 60 years, the Academy Band has used the power of music to honor our nation’s heroes, inspire Air Force personnel and the nation they serve, produce innovative musical programs and products, and communicate Air Force excellence to millions around the world.

All U.S. Air Force Academy Band performances are presented on behalf of Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria, superintendent, U. S. Air Force Academy.