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Former Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve members return for concert

WARNER ROBINS -- People who were fans of the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve may spot a couple of familiar faces at a free concert Tuesday night.

The band was based at Robins Air Force Base for 52 years until it fell victim to budget cuts and officially deactivated last year.

However, two of its members are making a return visit to Warner Robins as a part of their new gig. They now play for Sky Country, a component of the U.S. Air Force Band of the West based at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

The returning members are Staff Sgt. Josh Byrd, a guitarist, and Staff Sgt. Andy Wendzikowski, a drummer.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Aviation amphitheater or in the Century of Flight Hangar in case of rain.

Speaking by phone from San Antonio as he was getting ready to load a truck for the trip, Byrd said he is looking forward to coming back to Warner Robins. It will be his first trip back since he was transferred.

Byrd said he and Wendzikowski are already talking about what restaurants they want to hit up during their stay.

“Owens Boarding House,” he said, when asked which one he misses the most. “I love that place so much.”

Although this summer has been relatively mild until recently, Middle Georgians might tend to think this is about as hot as it gets. Not so, said Byrd. “It’s a lot hotter down here, I will tell you that,” he said.

Byrd said he became friends with many musicians in the community in his four years at Robins, and he is looking forward to seeing them again.

While other members of the band are flying, he and another member are driving the equipment truck all the way from San Antonio. He said it is his first trip of any length with the new band, and he is looking forward to it. They are making stops in other cities as well.

Sky Country is a five-piece band that plays a wide range of music, including classic and modern country, rhythm and blues, rock, and jazz.

The band has played with artists including Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson.