Western Nebraska welcomes USAF Band

OGALLALA, Neb. On Sunday Western Nebraska was treated to incredible performance by the United States Air Force Band.

"We're based in Washington D.C. and we hold national auditions for these positions. People come from all over the United States to audition for these jobs. So, we have a great cross section of the great America that we are right there with the Air Force Band," says Col. Don Schofield.

The Air Force Band is considered America's International Musical Ambassadors.

"At the end of the day I'm just a tuba player. I'm so grateful and so humbled to be a part of something that's bigger than myself and to be able to go around and represent the Air Force at this level is incredibly humbling," says Col. Schofield.

The Air Force Band invited students selected by their teachers to perform with them. 18 year old Makayla Denbo was chosen to play the flute.

"We actually only got the music last Wednesday and then most of us went for pep band in Lincoln for the basketball team. So, we haven't really had a whole lot of time to practice the music," says Denbo.

"What I loved was the spark of curiosity and power in their eyes and empowerment to do whatever they wanted to do," says Col. Schofield.

Denbo says she was nervous to take the hot seat.

"It actually feels pretty nerve-racking to know that I'm decent enough to perform with them," says Denbo.

Col. Schofield says this is just one of many performances this year. Even though he says they're all important- there's one which may be the most anticipated for the band.

"My organization does about 1,500 performances a year throughout the United States. In fact, in two days we're actually playing at The White House for the President and his guests," says Col. Schofield.

For those in attendance it was a special experience. An opportunity they'll likely never receive again.