The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band’s commercial music group, Raptor, will present a patriotic, all-ages concert as an Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 3.
The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st Avenue and Farnam Street.
With extraordinary talent and a range of music—from rock-n-roll classics, country standards and patriotic favorites, to the chart-topping hits of today—the members of Raptor proudly showcase the Air Force’s excellence, precision and innovation in every performance.
The 75 minute program will span all genres of American music from rock, pop and country, to soul, jazz and funk. Highlights will include songs made famous by Dolly Parton, James Brown, Johnny Cash, Pharrell Williams, Fleetwood Mac and the many artists of Motown. The concert will conclude with a special musical salute to all of our military service members, past and present, who have selflessly served their country.
In addition to enhancing community relations and supporting the USAF recruiting mission, Raptor deploys to support our service members and collaborate with embassies, sharing American culture while building lasting international partnerships.
As professional Airmen, the United States Air Force Heartland of America band honors American military veterans for their selfless sacrifice at every performance, and shares the message of excellence, courage and commitment displayed every day by the brave men and women of the United States Air Force serving throughout the world.
The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band has a rich history of inspiring hearts and minds, building and sustaining American patriotism and enhancing esprit de corps in the United States Air Force.
This unit was originally assigned to Offutt AFB as the Strategic Air Command Band in 1948, and from General Curtis LeMay's tenure through today, they have been partners with this community.
During the 1990 Gulf War, the SAC band deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield. Raptor's performance will include a medley of songs selected from the set list of the SAC "Desert Band," as it was known at the time. This will be the 30th anniversary of those events and the 245th birthday of our great nation.