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ANG Band of the West Coast to provide free concert

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Air National Guard Band of the West Coast is scheduled to host a free concert at the base theater here at 7 p.m. July 1.

Approximately 30 National Guardsmen, primarily from the San Francisco Bay area and a handful from as far as Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Nevada, assemble more than 100 times a year to provide musical products and services to the ANG, the United States Air Force and the community.

"We are here to entertain people," said Staff Sgt. Darren Kruse, a band member from Sparks, Nev. "The band also serves as another conduit that provides a service in honor of our veterans and servicemembers. Serving in this capacity is a great honor."

Under the direction of Capt. Vu Nguyen, the concert band is the main component within the ANG Band of the West Coast, involving every member within the unit. Concerts are played at military ceremonies such as change of commands and dining-ins.

"We work really well together as a team," said Senior Master Sgt. Nora Lemmon, a band member from Santa Cruz. "I really enjoy working and playing music with this group of people."

This is the third visit to Vandenberg for the ANG Band of the West Coast.

"I enjoy performing here," said Sergeant Darren. "Vandenberg has great facilities and the people here are very supportive."

For those people who cannot make the show, the band is scheduled to host a rock band concert at 11 a.m. at Cocheo Park on July 2.

For more information about the ANG Band of the West Coast, visit www.bandofthewestcoast.ang.af.mil/.