RIPLEY - Enjoy a concert given by the United States Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 11 in the Ripley High School Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public.

Rhythm in Blue features the diverse talents of 15 professional musicians whose commitment to excellence has earned worldwide acclaim and military distinction. The band incorporates a wide repertoire of jazz and fusion, from big band swing to cutting-edge contemporary music. Their vocalist radiates sound of the great jazz divas and inspires with patriotic classics.

“We are excited about the opportunity to host such a prestigious band in our patriotic community,” said Mike Ruben of the Ripley Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Jackson County has many Veterans and we hope they will be able to attend.”

Activated in 1941, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring patriotism and enhancing esprit de corps among all US military service branches.

These world-class musicians are stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. They travel throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, presenting more than 300 events annually. Under the leadership of Captain Michael D. Hoerber, the USAF Heritage of America Band remains at the forefront of communicating Air Force core values and preserving and enriching America’s military and musical heritage into the 21st century.

There is no charge for admission, but the Air Force suggests those attending to pick up a free ticket. They are available at Ripley City Hall, the Jackson County Public Library and other locations. 

For information, contact the Ripley CVB at 304-514-2609 or visit HeritageofAmericaBand@af.mil.