Photo By Senior Airman Christopher Drzazgowski | U.S. Air Force expeditionary entertainers Tops In Blue, sing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 3, 2014. Tops In Blue performed songs by an array of artists from Ray Charles to Florida Georgia Line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski/Released)
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DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. - The U.S. Air Force expeditionary unit Tops In Blue performed at the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hangar here June 3, 2014.
Tops In Blue is an all-active duty Air Force special unit which provides entertainment for the Air Force family, primarily focusing on Air Force personnel stationed worldwide.
The unit consists of vocalists, musicians, dancers and technicians who come together to perform an array of musical numbers.
Tops In Blue covered artists such as Ray Charles, Florida Georgia Line and even songs from the Disney movies “Frozen” and “Beauty and the Beast” in order to impact all generations of Air Force personnel.
“We hit every age group, said Senior Airman Nia Newton, 509th Force Support Squadron personnel journeyman and Tops In Blue vocalist. “We go from the top of the charts, go into characters for kids and then go back in the day for the older generations.”
Newton emphasized what matters most to each Tops In Blue entertainer.
“It doesn’t matter how hard we work or how late the hours are,” Newton said. “It doesn’t matter because we’re putting that smile on people’s faces and that’s the best thing.”
Not only does Tops In Blue perform for audiences all over the world, but they are assigned non-performing duties as well. Tops In Blue is responsible for unloading and setting up the equipment required to entertain their fellow Airmen and Air Force families at each show.
“It’s really fun,” Newton said. “I never knew about lighting or putting cables together, but because we’re all so eager to learn, it makes it even easier to set it all up.”
Tops In Blue gets right back to their Air Force roots deep into the show by performing the final few songs in their mess dress.
“You come to that part where you’re in mess dress and you remember that you’re an Airman first,” Newton said. “This is what we do. We put our service before self and we make people feel proud to live in this country. It gives me goose bumps every time I put this mess dress on and come out and sing. I love it.”
For more information about Tops In Blue, visit www.topsinblue.com.