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Historic, patriotic band visits Riverside High School

The Blue Aces, band that was started back in 1941, made a stop at Riverside High School Wednesday morning inspiring public patriotism. (WCHS/WVAH)

A band that was started back in 1941 made a stop at Riverside High School Wednesday morning inspiring public patriotism.

The Blue Aces are part of the United States Air Force Heritage Band and they present 300 events annually for the general public and armed forces alike.

The group performs a mix of classic rock, top 40 hits and contemporary patriotic music.

Keyboard player and tour manager for the band Ryan Rager has been performing for the last eight years. He said there is no other way he could think of to better serve his country.

"We are traveling around West Virginia this week working with recruiters getting into the schools telling kids about opportunities in the air force and we are doing it through music and we bring recruiters with us,” Rager said.

The Blue Aces along with the USAF America Band will next travel to Pennsylvania.

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