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USAFE jazz band makes K-Town swing

Staff Sgt. Nathan Heald of the USAFE Band's Wings of Dixie ensemble solos on sax during the band's set at Swinging Lautern in downtown Kaiserslautern, Germany, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.

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By MICHAEL ABRAMS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 4, 2015

There was finger-snapping, foot-stomping and a lot of clapping as the sound of jazz filled the air in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on Friday for the city’s annual Swinging Lautern festival.

The three-day event, which ends Saturday night, has more than two dozen jazz bands performing on the downtown squares and streets, including two from the United States Air Forces in Europe.

The USAFE Band’s Wings of Dixie ensemble entertained listeners in the shadow of the Stiftskirche Friday with their blend of Dixieland jazz and modern music.

On Saturday The Ambassadors, a twelve member jazz ensemble, will be onstage at Schillerplatz at 3 p.m.

The music lasts until about 11 p.m. Saturday. Stands sell food and drink and best of all, the concerts are free.

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A listener claps to the music during the annual Swinging Lautern jazz festival in downtown Kaiserslautern, Germany, Friday Sept. 4, 2015. The souvenir hat costs five euros.
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