I am a very proud Air Force brat.  Even at my age, I always feel like I’ll have that title as my father served proudly for 20 years.  My mom served in the Air Force as well.  Some of my favorite memories surround the military, like when I got to see President Ronald Reagan visit Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany and when I saw the Air Force Thunderbirds on numerous occasions.  Then, there is Tops In Blue.

Tops In Blue is a variety show that is comprised of active duty Air Force personnel who put on performances all across the world.  I have seen many of their shows, and this year they will be playing on Thursday, August 9, at the University of Central Missouri Multipurpose Building at 7 p.m.

According to the Tops In Blue website:

Tops In Blue is one of the oldest and most widely traveled entertainment groups of its kind.  Composed of 35 to 40 of the most talented vocalists, musicians, dancers and technicians anywhere, their primary purpose is to perform for military personnel and their families throughout the world.  However, the enormous popularity of the group has also made them America’s goodwill ambassadors around the globe.

Every year they put together a brand new show and entertain at a variety of events for free.  This year the 2012 tour is entitled “Listen!”

It invites the audience to listen to the music of life through the sounds we hear everyday.   It features the dynamic rhythms of The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Whitney Houston, and Maroon 5.  This year’s tour also showcases the great country music of Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, and The Zac Brown Band.   Of course, no TOPS IN BLUE show would be complete without the great patriotic music that honors our nation and its heroes. Add the high energy precision choreography and dazzling visual impact Tops In Blue  is known for and every member of the audience will be singing along and dancing in their seats.

Kyle Willis-topsinblue.com

It is always considered an honor when somebody gets selected for this special tour.  When they get the chance to play in front of a hometown crowd, it is a thrill.  This year will be one of those chances for Senior Airman Kyle Willis from the 509th Operations Support Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base.  He will play the bass during the show.

Be sure to cheer on all the talent at Tops In Blue 2012 at the University of Central Missouri Multipurpose Center on Thursday, August 9, at 7 p.m.