Military Brass Band Gives Concertgoers a Show at Frankfort Square

COLUMBUS, Neb. – The public at Frankfort Square got a treat Thursday evening as servicemen and servicewomen from Offutt Air Force Base came to Columbus for Lawn Chairs on the Square.

The group, USAF Offutt Brass – Heartland of America Band, gave the crowd a unique and full show, complete with 15 band-members and their own hefty speaker system.

“We put together a show highlighting the last 70 years of the accomplishments of the Air Force. We’ve put music to it and a text and we’ve got about a 90 minutes show,” says Gerard Birkenmeier, Air Force Master Sergeant and bandleader.

The Columbus stop was one of the first opportunities the band had to showcase their new concert. They began their tour in Kearney on Wednesday, and will head to the Dakotas later in the month.

The group played patriotic tunes that vibrated across the park, past the hundreds in attendance.

Birkenmeier said that if they weren’t playing this specific show, band-members would break off and play smaller concerts throughout the summer.

The group is from all around the United States, with nobody on the band being a local native of Columbus.

A documentary on the show will be made later this year, following an appearance at Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum.

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