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Tops in Blue to perform at Fort MacArthur this month

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE -- The Air Force's Tops in Blue, one of the oldest and most widely-traveled entertainment groups of its kind, will be appearing on the parade grounds at Fort MacArthur at 8 p.m., May 26. All individuals with military identifications and their families and guests are invited to the free, one-night concert. 

Composed of 40 talented vocalists, musicians, dancers and technicians, the group's primary purpose is to perform for military personnel and their families throughout the world. The enormous popularity of the group has made the team America's goodwill ambassadors around the globe. 

The 2007 tour commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Air Force. Tops in Blue will tour throughout the United States and to more than 25 countries, with more than 125 performances over a 10-month period. 

Each year, Air Force personnel stationed worldwide compete in a multilevel competition for the right to be selected as a member of this elite organization. The team is an all-active duty U.S. Air Force special unit made up of talented performers selected for their entertainment abilities. 

Tops in Blue members begin their tour with an intense 60-day training period at the home of Tops in Blue, Lackland AFB, Texas. This training consists of a highly-accelerated educational process to prepare them to succeed as world-class entertainers and Air Force Ambassadors. Performers must master the instrumental, vocal, choreography and staging requirements of the show. In addition, they also must become highly-accomplished in the intricate technical skills needed to support the tour. 

Under the guidance of five technical personnel, the performing team is responsible for setting up more than 50,000 pounds of staging, lighting, audio and special effects equipment required for each performance. 

Coats and warm clothing are recommended due to the cool night-time ocean breezes that prevail this time of the year. For further information, contact the Services department at 310-653-5025.