VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
A free performance by the Air Force's worldwide expeditionary entertainment group Tops in Blue is scheduled to take place at Cabrillo High School in Lompoc at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. June 2.
This year's show, "The Fly By", will feature performances by singers, dancers and technicians to commemorate the Air Force's 60 years of service to the American people. The show highlights each decade of the last 60 years and varies musical styles from disco to country.
"The show provides a healthy demand on each of the performers," said Capt. Alexander Ruiz, the Tops in Blue tour director.
The group doesn't just perform stateside. They will have held 11 performances down range supporting the Enduring Freedom as well as Iraqi Freedom before their 15th show for Vandenberg.
"This group has seen the war at both ends," Capt. Ruiz said. "We are delighted to be so well received by the troops."
The cast and crew are well received during their nine-month tour, as the officers and enlisted Airmen perform in nearly 30 countries and perform nearly 150 shows.
Traditionally, Tops in Blue holds annual audition for those Airmen at Vandenberg who want to get involved in next year's production. The Air Force selects 35 Airmen performers from those who submit a tape and resume, and attend a 10-day permissive tour of duty to audition at Lackland AFB, Texas. Once selected, they practice mid-January through mid-April, Captain Ruiz said.
"The group is a completely self-sustaining group," he said. "We are able to set up, perform and tear down the show."
The stars and crew are very excited to perform at Vandenberg.
"Throughout our travel, the Air Force family has been very accommodating, and Vandenberg has been wonderful to us so far," said Capt. Ruiz. "It's nice to have family abroad."
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