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Tops In Blue, is an all-active duty US Air Force special unit made up of talented amateur performers selected for their entertainment abilities.
Tops In Blue is one of the oldest and most widely traveled entertainment groups of its kind. Composed of 35 to 40 of the most talented vocalists, musicians, dancers, and technicians anywhere, their primary purpose is to perform for military personnel and their families throughout the world. However, the enormous popularity of the group has also made them America’s goodwill ambassadors around the globe.
Each team begins their tour with an intense 60-day training period This training consists of a highly accelerated educational process to prepare them
at Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, “Home of Tops In Blue”.
to succeed as world-class entertainers and distinguished Air Force Ambassadors
during the 10-month tour. The performers must master the instrumental, vocal,
choreography, and staging requirements of the show. In addition, they also must
become highly accomplished in the intricate technical skills needed to support the tour.
They are in essence their own "road crew". Under the guidance of five technical
personnel, the performing team is responsible for setting up over 60,000 pounds of
staging, lighting, audio, video and special effects equipment required for each performance.
Tops In Blue has a distinctive history, spanning 59 years. Since its first world tour in 1953, the group has also performed on film, produced albums, and appeared on national television with such legends as Ed Sullivan, Bob Hope, Alabama, Barbara Mandrell, BOYZ II MEN, Lee Greenwood, and many others. They performed the entire half-time shows for the 1981 Garden State Bowl and Super Bowl XIX. Tops In Blue has appeared in front of hundreds of thousands of fans at NASCAR events. In 2005, they performed the National Anthem for Game 6 of the NBA Finals, and in 2011, they performed with Lea Michele of "Glee" at Super Bowl XLV. Tops In Blue has performed for heads of state and dignitaries throughout the world. They have toured throughout Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, the Far East, Middle East, Central America, Southwest Asia, Canada, and all 50 of the United States. Countries such as Taiwan, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Iceland, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Albania, Vietnam, Cuba, Africa and Iraq have all experienced the extraordinary entertainment of Tops In Blue.
If the first 50 years are any indication of what is to come, the next 50 years will exceed all expectations as Tops In Blue continues to bring a touch of home, a touch of America, and above all, the pride of the Air Force to all their audiences.
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• Has performed at six
• Has performed for over 100
State Fairs and Festivals!
• Has produced five movies and
• Has performed before a single
audience of 420,000!
• Had their TV debut in 1954 on
Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of
• Has performed in six
Bob Hope Specials!
• Has performed before a live
and broadcast audience of 110
million at Super Bowl XIX!
• Has performed before a live
audience of over 250,000
people at the 2002 Daytona 500!
• Unloads and sets up over
60,000 pounds of equipment
• Features special effects lighting
equivalent to 556 lights!
• Uses a stage and truss which
are built to fit on six pallets or
one truck trailer!
• Uses over two miles of cable
during each performance!
• Has featured over 1,700 airmen
in their shows during the past
• Has performed over 7,000
shows since 1953!