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Hanscom Air Force ensemble to play final notes

Budget cuts are forcing military to break up musical groups like New England’s Band of Liberty

Government budget cuts will probably be felt in many ways, from furlough days to travel delays, permanent or temporary.

For US Air Force Staff Sergeant Quincy Garner, a trumpet player with the Band of Liberty stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base, cuts ordered a year ago have a ringing sense of finality. On Tuesday night at Jordan Hall, the band makes its final concert appearance in Boston, and by May, the group will be broken up and its members reassigned to Air Force bands elsewhere in the United States.

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