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Band of Mid-America puts Grissom in the spotlight

Col. Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander, takes a selfie with the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America during their performance April 5, 2018 at McHale Auditorium in Logansport, Indiana. Each year the Band of Mid-America performs for millions of people throughout a 10-state region from the upper peninsula of Michigan to Arkansas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Douglas Hays)

Col. Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander, takes a selfie with the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America during their performance April 5, 2018 at McHale Auditorium in Logansport, Indiana. Each year the Band of Mid-America performs for millions of people throughout a 10-state region from the upper peninsula of Michigan to Arkansas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Douglas Hays)

Col. Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing Commander, right, thanks Lt. Col. Michael Willen, Air Force Band of Mid-America commander, following their performance April 5, 2019 at McHale Auditorium in Logansport, Indiana. Air Force bands communicate key DOD and Air Forces messages to a wide audience to instill patriotism, build partnerships, enhance the reputation of the Air Force and the United States, as well as demonstrate American values to the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Douglas Hays)

Col. Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing Commander, right, thanks Lt. Col. Michael Willen, Air Force Band of Mid-America commander, following their performance April 5, 2019 at McHale Auditorium in Logansport, Indiana. Air Force bands communicate key DOD and Air Forces messages to a wide audience to instill patriotism, build partnerships, enhance the reputation of the Air Force and the United States, as well as demonstrate American values to the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Douglas Hays)

GRISSOM ARB, Indiana --

With Air Force Band of Mid-America on stage, the spotlight was on…..Grissom Air Reserve Base!

Members of the band played a free concert at McHale Auditorium in Logansport, Indiana and entertained an audience while also providing information about Grissom, Air Mobility Command, and the Air Force.

“These are such great events,” said Col. Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander. “I love the opportunity to listen to the incredible musicians and share our story.”

The Band of Mid-America has a long history of entertaining the American public and promoting esprit de corps within the military.

Based out of Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, the band stopped in Logansport as they made their way around the Midwest.

“It’s amazing the talent level the band has,” Shaw said. “The number of members with master’s and doctorates is incredible and they bring that talent to us!”

Each year the Band of Mid-America performs for millions of people throughout a 10-state region from the upper peninsula of Michigan to Arkansas.

“I really loved when they played each of the service songs,” Shaw said. “Seeing veterans stand up to show pride in their service, and be applauded by others was just awesome.”

Air Force bands communicate key DOD and Air Forces messages to a wide audience to instill patriotism, build partnerships, enhance the reputation of the Air Force and the United States, as well as demonstrate American values to the world.

One of the highlights was bringing Logansport students on stage to play with the band.

“To have that involvement with the kids was great,” Shaw said. “Music is a common language and fostering those relationships is very important.”

The 434th ARW is the largest KC-135R Stratotanker unit in the Air Force Reserve Command. The Citizen Airmen from the Hoosier Wing routinely deploy around the world in support of the Air Force mission.

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Material contained on the Official Grissom Air Reserve Base Internet Web Site is written and produced by members of the 434th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Office. The award-winning staff includes:



Douglas Hays
Chief, Public Affairs

Ben Mota
Public affairs Operations Chief

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NCOIC of public affairs

Tech. Sgt. Jami Lancette
Staff writer

Staff Sgt. Chris Massey
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Staff Sgt. Courtney Dotson-Essett
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Airman 1st Class Harrison Withrow
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