The U.S. Air Force Band of the West’s jazz band, Dimensions in Blue, will perform a free jazz concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in the COM Learning Resource Center, 1200 Amburn Road, in Texas City.

The family-friendly concert will feature modern, jazz and patriotic classics.

The Dimensions in Blue ensemble generates excitement through performances of America’s only original art form: jazz. As one of the Air Force’s finest and most versatile big bands, Dimensions in Blue features 18 talented musicians from around the country. The band currently tours over 30,000 miles and entertains over a million people each year.

Since its inception, Dimensions in Blue has kept the 1940s Glenn Miller Army Air Corps sound at the center of its musical focus. As Dimensions in Blue’s musical heritage and reputation has grown, it has incorporated a more contemporary sound in order to connect with today’s generation while entertaining and inspiring audiences of all ages with some of the biggest names in the jazz world.

From working with high schools and colleges to promote music education to fostering national pride and patriotism through community relations concerts, Dimensions in Blue’s commitment to musical excellence reflects the core values of the U.S. Air Force.

Proudly performing in the vintage “pinks and greens” as well as the modern “blues” of today’s Air Force, Dimensions in Blue delivers world-class musical entertainment and demonstrates Air Force integrity, service and excellence.

Visit the Band of the West online at www.bandofthewest.af.mil.

For more information, visit www.com.edu/finearts or call 409-933-8348.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the COM Breezeway. The music and food festival is free and open to the public.

A traditional Hispanic meal of arroz con pollo, rice, beans and pineapple empanadas will be served, and attendees will hear the sounds of Latin American music and enjoy a traditional dancing demonstration.

Call 409-933-8437 for more information.

Fall registration underway

COM gives you options. Whether you see yourself working in a hospital room, boardroom or control room, we can help you get there.

To apply to the college, complete the application at www.com.edu/apply by Oct. 7. Register for classes at www.com.edu/register by Oct. 16. 

For more information, call 409-933-8264.

Mechanical Maintenance Program enrolling

Prepare to enter a high-paying field with growing opportunities with COM’s Mechanical Maintenance Program. Gulf Coast industries are investing billions of dollars in capital improvements throughout the area, and COM provides training that supports these industry demands.

COM’s Mechanical Maintenance Technician Program equips students with a wide variety of skills, such as preventive maintenance, making machinery adjustments and repairing equipment using blueprints, hand and power tools. Students learn in hands-on classes and labs with state-of-the-art equipment.

The Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board projects that by 2022 opportunities for mechanical maintenance technicians, industrial machinery mechanics and millwrights will increase 41 percent.

Financial assistance is available.

For more information, call 409-933-8406 or visit www.com.edu/ce.

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