How do you tell the story of a group of guys who spend their work hours "controlling" aircraft through various places in our county and some of their free time composing and performing concerts to raise money for cancer research?
Its a tale that goes back to Jacksonville Florida in the early 90's when some of the guys pictured on this site were working at the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center (in Hilliard Florida). We were wanting to capture our musical genius (: on a CD but had no real inspiration on where to go with the project. Unfortunately around that time, one of our fellow air traffic controllers Dwight Thomas passed away from cancer. His wife Carol offered to help sponsor some of the costs of producing our first CD if we would be willing to donate proceeds from CD sales to the Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute. Thus we became inspired to not only write and perform our music, but to raise money for a cure. Many became involved with the initial CD and from the success of the CD a "Benefit" Concert was established. To pull off a concert we added more "controller" musicians, had the help and support of many friends like Bobby "Vito" Martone who helped produce and finance our first CD and "MC" almost all of our events.
That first concert in 1996 sold out the theater and set the stage that has continued for the last 14 years with annual benefit concerts in various cities throughout the southeast. We have worked alongside Dana Farber and Childrens Miracle Network in bringing in funds for research.
With 4 CD's to the Aire Traffic name and the material for the 5 underway, we at Aire Traffic invite you to come see us as we entertain our audiences with the sounds of jazz, rock, vocal and instrumental while raising money and awareness for curing cancer.