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Kick Off AirVenture with Flying Musicians

July 21, 2017: Fort Worth, TX: The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) delivers increasing opportunities for musicians and music lovers at AirVenture. Kick off AirVenture with FMA and friends on Sunday (7/23). Aaron Smokovitz, one of four 2017 FMA Solo scholarship recipients, will perform a solo with the AirVenture Concert Band on Wednesday. Then join fellow musicians for an Open Mic/Jam on Thursday (7/27).

Kick off AirVenture with FMA members, musicians, and friends on Sunday (7/23) evening (8-midnight) at the SOS Bros tent for the Flying Musicians Show Night. Professional musicians will perform and others are encouraged to jam. Join us to make new friends and renew old friendship while enjoying music by your fellow aviators. Let’s kick off the fun together!

We are excited to introduce one of our 2017 FMA Solo scholarship recipient, Aaron Smokovitz, at the AirVenture Concert Band performance at the Theater in the Woods on Wednesday (7/26) starting at 5:00pm. Aaron will be a featured trumpet soloist on the piece La Virgen de la Macarena also performed by the famous trumpeter: Rafael Mendez under the direction of Elton Eisele, founder and director of the AirVenture Concert Band. The band will also perform the National Anthem at the start of the Tuesday Airshow performance - 2:30pm.

John Vining, who recently completed an sd-1 minisport that will be at the sdplanes USA LLC spot in the Ultralight area - #907, will once again host the Ultralight Open Mic/Jam on Thursday evening (7/27) from 6:00 to 9:00 pm next to the Red Barn in the Ultralight area. This event has grown every year attracting musicians from all walks of life and a healthy crowd of live music enthusiast.

In addition, flying musicians will be performing throughout the week to raise awareness and funds for programs and scholarships.

About EAA AirVenture Concert Band:
In 2006, more than 80 musically-inclined aviators from all walks of life came together during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to do something they never thought they would do: create the first AirVenture Concert Band. After two rehearsals together the AirVenture Concert Band played its first concert at Theater in the Woods to the pleasure of many.

Eleven years later, the AirVenture Concert Band has had more than 450 musicians participate. Our volunteer musicians go beyond their love of flight to give to others their love of music. We've only missed one year and continue to play each year at Oshkosh for thousands who want to hear a concert band.

About Flying Musicians Association, Inc.:
The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation (EIN: 80-0433326) of pilots who are musicians, spanning the globe, proficiency levels, and genres. FMA’s goal is to share our passions, to inspire, educate, and encourage through performances, presentations, and scholarships. The 2017 FMA Solo Program, in its third year, has awarded four recipients. Visit the blogsite to follow their journey. [ home ]

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