Just in time for the Fourth of July, Oswego received an extra dose of patriotism when the United States Air Force Starlifter band performed at the Fox Valley Kickers in Oswego July 1.
The band played a variety of country, rock, pop and jazz hits. Founded in 1942, the seven-piece group of airmen is based at Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, IL, and recently returned from a three-month deployment in southwest Asia, to support Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Starlifter is a group of the Band of Mid-America, the "musical ambassador" of Air Mobility Command.
According to organizer Herschel Luckenbill of Montgomery, the event was put together in about a month, after the band reached out to him. Several sponsors helped to make the event a success, including the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club, Aurora Shriners and Fox Valley Kickers.
"One person can't do this, it takes a team," Luckenbill said. "It's wonderful." The idea of a Fourth of July kick-off concert could become an annual event, he added, whether with the Starlifter band or another group.
A raffle was also held at the event, with proceeds from ticket sales going to the repair and remodeling of the small cars traditionally driven by Shriners.