By Wendy Gragg

Killeen Daily Herald

Spring break in Central Texas will have a musical interlude this year, thanks to the U.S. Air Force Band of the West.

The U.S. Air Force Band of the West, from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, will play at 7 p.m. today at Lea Ledger Auditorium at 400 S. 25th St. in Copperas Cove.

The free concert, sponsored by the Killeen Daily Herald and the Copperas Cove Indepen-dent School District, is a one-time-only event.

The Concert Band, the largest ensemble in the USAF Band of the West, plays a variety of music. Its musicians, who number about 45, are skilled in a variety of music from the Renaissance to present day. The Concert Bands repertoire includes serious symphonic band literature, Broadway musicals, Sousa marches, Top-40 hits and more.

The Concert Band has appeared with prominent symphony orchestras across the state and is a fixture at the annual Texas Bandmasters Association Convention. Every year, the band travels thousands of miles, performing at events on military bases and media-sponsored tours throughout Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana.

It gives the community something to do, especially during spring break. Its educational as well as entertaining, said Killeen Daily Herald representative Anysia Chavez. Its great for those of us who didnt get to go out of town.

A few tickets for the concert are still available. Free tickets, limited to four for the show, may be picked up at the Killeen Daily Herald or Cove Herald offices, as well as the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce and Fort Hood ITR. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Chavez issued a special thanks to John Hendrick at Lea Ledger Auditorium for his work, despite being on spring break, that has made the concert possible.

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