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June 23, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Community Building
Gary West was born and raised in a rural farm area, 35 miles east of Indianapolis, Indiana. His given name was Gerald Boger Jr. In 1985 while on tour with Tommy Cash (brother of Johnny Cash) Tommy told Gerald that he needed a new name if he was going to be in show business. Later that night during Tommy''s performance, Tommy introduced Gerald as, "Gary West on the drums". The rest, as they say, is history. That same band that was backing Tommy Cash that night, was formed by Gerald in 1978. Amazingly that band continued to perform all over the US and Canada for 13 years. That band was the Royal Aces. (That's a whole other story). In 1988 Gary moved to Nashville, TN in a "1963 GMC 4104 tour bus" with everything he owned in that bus, and the journey began.
June 26, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Community Building
The Air National Guard Band of the South supports the total Air Force and Air National Guard mission in war and peace by inspiring patriotism and fostering a deep appreciation of the rich history and legacy of the Air Force. This is accomplished, mainly, through professional performances by some of the nation’s best musicians. The band performs as a concert band, ceremonial band, “Space A” and “Sound Barrier” popular music ensembles, “Smooth Groove” jazz/big band ensemble, brass quintets and small jazz combo.
The Band of the South’s mission is two-fold: first, to enhance and lift the morale and spirit de corps of our fellow Airmen stationed either in the United States or abroad; second, to increase the public’s understanding of the importance of air power, the missions and programs of the Air Force and Air National Guard and the bravery, sacrifice and dedication of Airmen across the globe.
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