Newnan concert by Air Force band victim of sequestration

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The Falconaires, the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Band, won’t be coming to Newnan to present its scheduled concert on March 25.

By NICHOLE GOLDEN
nichole@newnan.com
The planned free concert of the United States Air Force Academy Band, originally scheduled for March 25 in Coweta, has been canceled — due to the federal government’s automatic spending cuts or “sequestration.”
The concert of the Falconaires, for which free tickets had been distributed to the community, was set to take place at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road and is traditionally a well-attended event.
Lt. Col. Don Schofield of the USAF, commander and conductor of the United States Air Force Academy Band, issued the following written statement regarding the cancellation of the performance:
“I’d like to thank the community of Newnan for your understanding and patience as the Air Force Academy Band is forced to cancel all of our national public concerts. The effects of sequestration take a massive toll in many ways on military readiness, including civilian furloughs, reduced flying hours and the ability to support outreach missions across the country.
“As we tour the United States from our home base at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, we rely on community partnerships to bring world-class products to citizens across the nation,” wrote Schofield. “Mr. Don Nixon has been a terrific sponsor and a wonderful spokesperson for your community, working hard to develop a fruitful partnership between Newnan and the Air Force Academy. We look forward to the time when the Air Force Academy Band can continue representing the Air Force Academy on a national stage and hope that our travels bring us back to Newnan in the future.”

The Centre staff was notified of the cancellation last week, and the announcement is also made on the Centre’s website, www.thecentreonline.net .



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