The Blue Aces, a component of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, recently flew into StarCity Recording to record their original 12-track CD, scheduled for early 2008 release. This is the first time a military rock band has created and recorded a musical project of totally original material — music and lyrics were written and arranged entirely by the band’s members.
The CD contains a wide variety of musical styles — from sentimental country and patriotic tunes to hard rock — targeted toward the younger generations of Air Combat Command and the Air Force. Zak Rizvi engineered the project, along with Jeff Glixman, Jim Gentile, Lily Salinas, John Andrea and Julie Miller, who were also intricately involved in the project.
“I was the rookie producer on this project and learned a great deal in the process,” Master Sgt. Dale Eley said. “I was fortunate to receive a great deal of wise advice from Jeff, Zak and other members of the StarCity family.” Eley is Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC), musical director and bass player for the group.
The Blue Aces perform their variety of popular music styles for civilian and military audiences alike, at military functions and in forward-deployed locations in support of the men and women in the country’s armed forces. They perform at festivals and large events to spread the messages of the Air Force to the general public. The band also performs at schools and public functions in support of recruiters.
“The technical resources and amenities offered by StarCity were clearly the best choice for this particular project,” Eley said. “The facilities are simply incredible. They have terrific spaces and state-of-the-art gear. The thought and ergonomic foresight put into the design of the building and every room proved extremely logical and conducive to making great music, comfortably.”
The CD will be available for download on the Heritage of America Band’s Web site as soon as the mastering is complete.
StarCity Recording offers clients more than 50 years of combined professional recording experience and state-of-the-art 5.1 surround sound.
For more information, visit www.starcityrecording.com.