Two Dover airmen join the ranks of Tops in Blue this season and return to their home base for a performance Tuesday, Nov. 23. The show has a little of everything, from Lady Gaga to Michael Buble to Stevie Wonder and the Black Eyed Peas.
In 2009, Tech. Sgt. Letisia Eddy belted out “I Will Always Love You” at a Dover Air Force Base singing competition in the hopes of winning a cash prize. She took home top honors and went on to compete against vocalists from all Air Mobility Command bases. And she won that contest, too.
To top it all off, Eddy became a member of Tops in Blue, the elite group of active duty airmen that performs around the world. Eddy and the Tops in Blue group will bring its show-stopping performance back to where she started with a free show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at Delaware State University’s Education and Humanities Theatre.
Bob Storck, operations manager for Air Force entertainment, said audiences should be ready for an up-tempo show of music from across the spectrum. The material runs the gamut from Stevie Wonder to Michael Bublé, from Montgomery Gentry to Lady Gaga.
The theme of this year’s show is “We Believe,” which encompasses a wide range of things, Storck said.
“‘We Believe,’ the general theme, is about different values we believe in as Americans — music, country, family,” Storck said. “It resonates with all Americans.”
Before hitting the road for their extensive tour, the team of performers and backstage airmen go through a rigorous training schedule. And Eddy isn’t the only Dover airman rehearsing long hours. Manning the controls as an audio engineer is DAFB airman first class William Anger. Storck said the entire crew is staffed by active duty airmen – even their drivers are Air Force.
When the performers return for shows near their home base, it’s an eye opener for fellow airmen and audiences.
“What I think is striking to the people ... who see members of Tops in Blue come to the home base is just how much they’ve progressed since they’ve left,” he said.
When they go into training for their one-year stint, musicians and dancers are taught choreography, stage presence and performance skills.
“When they do the worldwide talent search they’re performers, but they’re in their raw form,” Storck said.
Those interested in seeing Eddy and the crew should get there early to get a seat; shows nearly always fill to capacity. The show starts at 7 and doors open at 6:15 p.m.