by Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
185 ARW Wing PA
7/29/2015 - SIOUX CITY, IA -- The
Air National Guard Band of the Midwest played a variety of music as
part of a summer concert series entitled "Heroes Among Us" held here at
the historic Grandview Park Bandshell.
The 566th band provided multiple ensembles including: Harmony in Blue,
Permanent Party and a Concert Band performing both traditional and
"The Air National Guard band program is meant to represent all of the
members of the Air National Guard", said Master Sgt. Doug Mattsey, 566th
band member. "We come out into the community, we represent a
well-trained military force that can be activated at any time, our
mission is to tell that story and do it through the gift of song and
All of the musicians are traditional guard personnel typically
performing one weekend a month and 2 weeks during the summer unless they
are deployed. The 2 week period is usually intended for concert tours
like "Heroes Among Us" to provide music and to tell the Air Guard story.
This year's concert tour has them performing in Sioux City then
throughout South Dakota in Sioux Falls, Hot Springs and Rapid City.
The Band of the Midwest is attached to the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois
Air National Guard, stationed at the Peoria Air National Guard Base.
Their primary area of responsibility is a ten state region in the upper
mid-west that includes Iowa and South Dakota. Beyond that the band
performs for both civilian and military audiences throughout the United
States and the world.