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Tops in Blue to perform for Team Andersen

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  • By Airman Whitney Tucker
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Tops in Blue, the premier entertainment showcase of the U.S. Air Force, is scheduled to perform at the Coral Reef Fitness Center here Sunday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m.

Composed of 35 to 40 of the most gifted dancers, musicians and vocalists the Air Force has to offer, the group will present "We Believe," a celebration of American ideals.

Tops in Blue is one of the oldest and most widely traveled entertainment groups of its kind. Since its first world tour in 1953, Tops in Blue has performed on film, produced albums and appeared on national television with legendary TV personalities such as Ed Sullivan, Bob Hope and many others. The enormous and ever-growing popularity of the group has landed them front and center, performing at events such as the Super Bowl, NBA finals and for heads of state and dignitaries.

"Though demand for the group has led to world-wide notoriety, their primary purpose is to perform for military personnel and their families throughout the world," said Michel Jacobs, 36th Force Support Squadron community activities director. "This year's tour will take the group throughout the United States and to more than 25 countries, with 140 performances over a 10-month period."

While performing on Andersen Air Force Base, Tops in Blue will entertain attendees with a diverse collection of American classics and recent favorites.

"The show will feature music from Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, Montgomery Gentry, hits by Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, and much more," Jacobs said. "Tops in Blue is a crowd-pleaser because they perform music the audience can sing along to and enjoy."

Not only is Tops in Blue comprised of top-notch performers, but they are almost entirely self-sufficient.

"The performers master the instrumental, vocal, choreography and staging requirements of the show," Jacobs said. "They also become highly accomplished in the intricate technical skills and in essence, their own 'road crew.' They set up over 60,000 pounds of staging, lighting, audio, video and special effects equipment required for each performance."

Representing a wide variety of career specialties, Tops in Blue is an elite group of the most gifted non-professional entertainers throughout the Air Force. These active-duty Airmen display pride, patriotism and dedication to their unique mission: promoting and improving morale for Airmen, their families and all who devote themselves to the fight for freedom.

As their website suggests, Tops in Blue is all about "family entertaining family."
The Tops in Blue performance is free, and open to all ID cardholders.