Warner Theater Hosts USAF Heritage of America Band to Perform “Songs from the Heart”

TORRINGTON — The Warner Theater will host USAF band Heritage of America for “Songs from the Heart,” featuring the Heritage Brass and Heritage Winds ensembles, at 7 p.m. on March 14.

Heritage Brass is a pioneering 14-member symphonic brass ensemble. Bringing the military tradition of brass, percussion and vocals to the stage, the ensemble presents programs that are both exhilarating and intimate, according to Warner. The ensemble maintains a rigorous performance schedule, presenting a diverse repertoire including orchestral transcriptions, patriotic favorites, jazz standards and new compositions.


“As professional Airmen, the musicians of Heritage Brass are committed to inspiring patriotism, communicating Air Force priorities, recruiting the best to serve our country, and honoring our country’s veterans through the power of music. They are proud to represent our nation’s Airmen who fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace,” according to Warner.

Heritage Winds is the wind quintet of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. Heritage Winds offers innovative programming that covers a wide range of musical styles, according to Warner. The ensemble embraces the full range of the quintet’s repertoire, including classics by composers such as Paul Taffanel and Carl Nielsen, extending to more contemporary works by 21st century composers.

The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band was one of the first Army Air Corps bands, established by order of the Secretary of War on October 1, 1941 and assigned to Barksdale Field, Louisiana. In June 1946, after a short stay at Brooks Field, Texas, the group arrived at Langley Field, now Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA; his current home. Members bring music to Mid-Atlantic at live concerts and to the nation at televised events such as “The Today Show” and the Desert Storm National Victory Parade, as well as presidential inaugural events.

The exceptional musicality of the USAF Heritage of America Band has received international critical acclaim and numerous honors: eight Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, five Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards, four Colonel George S. Howard Citations of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Band, North Carolina’s Order of the Longleaf Pine, and countless state and municipal proclamations. The USAF Heritage of America Band remains at the forefront of preserving and enriching America’s musical heritage in the 21st century.

This concert is free, but a ticket is required. To reserve your ticket, visit warnertheatre.org or call the box office at 860-489-7180.


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Grace D. Erickson