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Air Force Academy Band’s Falconaires
To Peform Free Concert At Crazy Horse

SOUTH DAKOTA – The Air Force Academy Band’s premier jazz ensemble, The Falconaires, will perform a free concert at the Crazy Horse Memorial on July 2nd, honoring our nation’s veterans and celebrating the heritage of the North American Indians contribution to the armed services. The United States Air Force Academy Director of Admissions and her team will also be on site beginning at 1 pm to provide hourly presentations describing the Academy’s tuition-free college experience, airmanship programs, and leadership opportunities.

The concert is open to the public and show time is at 6 pm. The evening will feature a traditional repertoire of jazz standards performed in uniforms reminiscent of the World War II era and big bands greatest influence. With a number of local veterans of the armed forces involved as volunteers and beneficiaries at Crazy Horse, the hour of music will be a tribute to their commitment to the country and continued dedication to preserving the values instilled at the memorial.

The mission of the Crazy Horse Memorial is similar to that of the Air Force Academy Band’s. Both organizations look to educate and inspire the public with the arts, embracing a legacy of hard work and sacrifice. As an Air Force Academy representative, the Falconaires have toured the world promoting the Academy’s core values of service and excellence. The concert at Crazy Horse provides a unique opportunity for the band to forge a connection with South Dakota and the thousands of people that visit the Black Hills region.

There’s no better place in the country to celebrate Native American contributions to the defense of our nation as soldiers and humanitarians. The Crazy Horse Memorial stands for a place of reconciliation and humanitarian service; we are honored to bring the Air Force Academy’s story to this intersection of past and present” said the group’s national tour director, Master Sgt. Karl Bradley.

The Crazy Horse Memorial and Air Force Academy have both served as a beacon for learning and personal discovery for just over 60 years. Retired Col. Terry DeRouchey has spent the last four years bringing veterans to the memorial. “I have seen the experience at Crazy Horse really do great things for the guys we bring out to visit,” said DeRouchey. DeRouchey will be among the many local heroes attending the concert.

The vision of Crazy Horse is attributed to the partnership of Henry Standing Bear and Korczak Ziolkowski. First contemplated in 1939 it wasn’t until after Ziolkowski returned from World War II that the work started on the memorial. Ziolkowski was wounded at Omaha Beach in Normandy and was a decorated Army veteran. The Falconaires will be a nostalgic apparition to the legacy of Ziolkowski as well as those the Crazy Horse Memorial pays homage.

The Air Force Academy is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains just north of Colorado Springs, Colorado. This premier institution develops our nation’s future leaders and provides a tuition-free education that consists of a four-year Bachelor of Science degree, a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force, and an opportunity to work in a variety of Air Force career fields.

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