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Air Force Commanders Jazz Ensemble to appear at Las Positas College

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POSTED November 28, 2012 8:55 p.m.

LIVERMORE – The Veterans First Program at Las Positas College announced today that The Commanders Jazz Ensemble, part of the US Air Force Band of the Golden West, will be swinging on to the LPC campus for a community concert.

The widely known Commanders will perform in the Main Stage auditorium of the College's Mertes Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10. As a community outreach effort of Las Positas College, there is no charge for admission but visitors are reminded that the campus has a $2 parking fee. Daily tickets are available from vending machines in the campus parking lots. The College is located at 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore 94551. For more information, contact Mr. Todd Steffan at (925) 424-1571 or<>.

Under the direction of Senior Master Sergeant Rick Thorp, The Commanders, based at Travis Air Force Base, carry on the American musical tradition of great traveling big bands. This energetic group of highly-trained professional airmen-musicians plays everything from traditional jazz, cool, bop and swing, to Broadway favorites, popular tunes, Latin rhythms, and patriotic music.

Featured during the concert will be the music of jazz legends Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie and Charlie Parker, as well as contemporary big band leaders and composers such as Gordon Goodwin and Maria Schneider.

Touring the western states of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada, the US Air Force Band of the Golden West has performed for thousands of listeners in live concert appearances and for millions worldwide via its numerous recordings and television and radio broadcasts. As the only active-duty Air Force band west of the Rockies, the Band of the Golden West is dedicated to using the power of music to inspire other Air Force members and the citizens of the great nation they serve.

Las Positas College currently enrolls approximately 8,500 students and offers curriculum for students seeking transfer to a four-year college or university, career preparation, or basic skills education. The College provides university transfer classes, retraining classes for those in need of employment or career advancement, a first-time educational opportunity for many adults, enrichment classes for those seeking a broader perspective, and career and technical training for those entering the technical and paraprofessional work force.

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