Air Force band to return to Marshalltown

Get ready to be inspired, entertained and filled with pride for our country – the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band is returning to Marshalltown.

The Times-Republican is presenting the Brass in Blue ensemble at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the MHS/Community Auditorium.

Admission is free with tickets that can be picked up at the Times-Republican. Look for the advertisement with the ticket coupon in Thursday’s T-R and in the future.

The band is sure to present a memorable show featuring 10 brass players, two percussionists and one vocalist. The USAF band’s motto is “…once heard, never forgotten.”

“We always hear feedback that people love the show,” said Staff Sgt. Carl Eitzen, the musical director of the band who plays trumpet. “As a smaller group we’re able to have more personal interaction with the audience. We like to have a good time and it’s a fun group of people to work with.”

The collection is a group from across America and Eitzen is a native of San Diego. Being a military band, there’s a sure bet America and its armed forces will be highlighted.

“We like to feature our American composers, and of course, we always do patriotic selections,” Eitzen said.

The show is expected to last 90 minutes with no intermission. Times-Republican Publisher Mike Schlesinger said the T-R is pleased to offer this show to the community.

“Marshalltown has a rich tradition of honoring its veterans given we are the home to the Iowa Veterans Home,” Schlesinger said. “It’s gratifying to be able to have a military band come and perform for our citizenry.”