Established in 1999, Solaris bring the rich, sonorous sounds of clarinets and percussion to the musical offerings of The United States Air Force Academy Band. Supporting community relations, recruiting, troop morale, and educational outreach missions, this well-honed ensemble embraces traditional clarinet quartet literature, exciting new works adding percussion, and an eclectic collection of arrangements originating from folk and popular styles. With “clarinetistry” at its finest, the quintet’s winning mix of inspirational, sophisticated selections and quirky, comedic musical jests is sure to satisfy a wide array of audience members, young and old. As seen and heard from their public concerts to military functions across America, Solaris exemplifies the world-class musicianship of The United States Air Force Academy Band and the outstanding professionalism of the United States Air Force.
The United States Air Force Academy Band is a 76-member organization that performs for millions of people each year in support of United States Air Force recruiting and community relations. As one of two premier bands in the Air Force, The Academy Band performs nearly 600 times annually from coast to coast. In addition to this impressive schedule, the band serves and upholds a demanding performance schedule for The United States Air Force Academy, Air Force Space Command, as well as other performances and duties in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. A tradition of musical excellence, one of the band’s core values, is maintained through rigorous auditions. Each member of the band brings forth a wealth of educational and professional experiences to every performance and to the organization.
The United States Air Force Academy Band and Solaris appear on behalf of the Superintendent, The USAF Academy. All performances are free and open to the public.