The 10 members of the U.S. Air Force Academy Band who performed Sunday at Hutchins Street Square come from a variety of backgrounds. They aren't necessarily military backgrounds, either.
French horn player Eric Thomas, from Southern California, wanted to perform in a symphony orchestra. Trumpet player Larry Hill played in the New Mexico symphony but found the Air Force a better gig. Nancy Poffensbarger, an 11-year veteran with the Air Force band, is a singer who happened to see an advertisement while in college in San Antonio, Texas. Henrique De Almeida is a native of Brazil who also wanted to play music.