For Lawrence residents who want to plan their Labor Day weekend in advance, tickets to a Strategic Air Command Band concert Sept. 2 will be available starting at noon Tuesday at the Journal-World offices, 609 N.H.
The band's visit to Lawrence is sponsored jointly by the Kansas University Department of Bands and the Journal-World.
The concert will be held at 3:30 p.m. the Sunday of Labor Day weekend in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall on the KU campus. Tickets may also be requested by mail from the KU band office.
The Journal-World is printing a coupon in an advertisement today to assist those who want to write for tickets.
The concert band, based at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, has 50 members and was started in 1948. The group also has a 20-member performing ensemble called The Noteables. The full band includes 60 musicians.
"IT'S A FINE, fine group of players," said James Barnes, a KU associate music professor and march composer. ``The SAC band is right up there."
Barnes, who said he's heard the group play his compositions, said the military bands are filling up with good musicians as civilian orchestras undergo financial difficulties.
"Because there are so few jobs for woodwind players now, the quality of playing in the service bands is just out of this world," he said.
The band will also be playing during halftime at the Sept. 1 KU football game against the University of Virginia.
The current commander and conductor of the band is Lt. Col. Alan L. Bonner, a 1969 graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
THE BAND functions as an arm of the community relations program for the U.S. Air Force; as a result, the band's concerts are generally free to the public.
Because of limited seating, those who wish to attend the concert at KU should either pick up or write for a ticket, said Ralph Gage, general manager of the Journal-World.
People without tickets will be admitted shortly before the program begins only if seating is available, he explained.