Adams State Music Professor selected to play in USAF Academy Band

(02-27-2009)

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Adams State College music faculty believe in keeping the music alive. Dr. Tracy Doyle, assistant professor of music at Adams State College, was asked to join the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, for a ten-day tour of the Midwest.

A flutist, Doyle said is it an "honor and a privilege" to perform with the internationally known band. "The musicians are world-class, from the top conservatories and universities in the country."

A branch of the military public relations division, the U.S. Air Force Academy Band has performed for over 50 years. According to the website usafacademyband.af.mil, the Academy Band has used the power of music to inspire Air Force personnel and the nation they serve, produce innovative musical programs and products, and communicate Air Force excellence to millions around the globe.

As an educator, Doyle said the opportunity will ensure her skill level remains high. She plans to bring the experience back to her students. "It is one thing to tell my students to practice so that they can perform at a high level, but it is another to set the example. Our students need positive performance models in order for them to be successful teachers. Music is an aural art and their success or failure on the podium in their first job is directly related to how well they learn to hear appropriate performance practice while in college."

Other advantages of touring with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, Doyle said, is fostering relationships with the other musicians, and increasing Adams State's profile across the country. Doyle said she often asks the musicians to visit the Adams State campus to perform, and lead classes and workshops. "This is a direct benefit to our students."

The tour includes concerts in cities and towns in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi, and begins in early March. Doyle said she toured with the group two years ago, as a substitute. "Being called back is very flattering; it means they liked what they heard the first time."

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By Linda Relyea