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David Cook rocks Front Range concert

American Idol winner David Cook performs at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, as part of the Air Force Concert Series. More than 770 people attended the free concert. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

American Idol winner David Cook performs at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, as part of the Air Force Concert Series. More than 770 people attended the free concert. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

David Cook and his band Cook perform at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The event was part of the Air Force Concert Series, which included 11 other installations around the country. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

David Cook and his band Cook perform at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The event was part of the Air Force Concert Series, which included 11 other installations around the country. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

David Cook engages with the audience during his concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The event was part of the Air Force Concert Series, which included 11 other installations around the country. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

David Cook engages with the audience during his concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The event was part of the Air Force Concert Series, which included 11 other installations around the country. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

David Cook signs autographs during his concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. David Cook rose to fame after winning the popular singing contest, American Idol, in 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

David Cook signs autographs during his concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. David Cook rose to fame after winning the popular singing contest, American Idol, in 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, 50 SW command chief, address the audience prior to the David Cook concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. This is the first time in the base’s history that a performer held a concert at the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, 50 SW command chief, address the audience prior to the David Cook concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. This is the first time in the base’s history that a performer held a concert at the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, 50 SW command chief, pose for a photo with U.S. Olympics Center athletes prior to the David Cook concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The athletes also held a meet-and-greet session for Team Schriever members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, 50 SW command chief, pose for a photo with U.S. Olympics Center athletes prior to the David Cook concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The athletes also held a meet-and-greet session for Team Schriever members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Children dance during the David Cook concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. More than 770 people attended the base’s first outdoor concert. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Children dance during the David Cook concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. More than 770 people attended the base’s first outdoor concert. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Attendees watch David Cook and his band perform at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. More than 770 people attended the base’s first outdoor concert. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Attendees watch David Cook and his band perform at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. More than 770 people attended the base’s first outdoor concert. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

David Cook poses for a photo with the Schriever Fire Department prior to his concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. David Cook rose to fame after winning the popular singing contest, American Idol, in 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

David Cook poses for a photo with the Schriever Fire Department prior to his concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. David Cook rose to fame after winning the popular singing contest, American Idol, in 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Athletes with the U.S. Olympic Center interact with David Cook concert attendees at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The event also featured food trucks and children’s events, such as bouncy castles among others. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)
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Athletes with the U.S. Olympic Center interact with David Cook concert attendees at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The event also featured food trucks and children’s events, such as bouncy castles among others. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Front Range members watch the free, outdoor David Cook concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The concert was part of the Air Force Concert Series, which included 11 other installations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)
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Front Range members watch the free, outdoor David Cook concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The concert was part of the Air Force Concert Series, which included 11 other installations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

David Cook interacts with the audience during his concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The concert was part of the Air Force Concert Series, which included 11 other installations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)
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David Cook interacts with the audience during his concert at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. The concert was part of the Air Force Concert Series, which included 11 other installations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- American Idol winner David Cook rocked the Front Range during his free concert Sept. 16 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

“Getting to meet some of our incredible service men and women, face to face, as well as their families, it’s as if I don’t appreciate you guys enough to be able to have this kind of experience,” said Cook. “I do want to make sure I say thank you to everybody here for your service and sacrifice. Thank you for allowing us to be here today.”

For the first time in Schriever’s history, a performer held a concert here, which was attended by more than 770 people.

“This was an awesome event. It’s wonderful we finally have our first concert. The support has been great from across the base--from spectators as well as other agencies,” said Karen Draper, 50th Force Support Squadron Sustainment Service Flight chief and one of the event’s lead coordinators.

Second Lt. Alex Yonemura, 50th Operations Support Squadron and a Cook fan, was excited when he learned of Cook’s concert here. He participated in the Cook selfie contest, where he won an opportunity to meet the performer prior to the concert.

“I thought the concert went great,” said. “I loved David Cook when he was on American Idol. I thought it was pretty cool that he was going to come out here and do a free concert for us. It was a great show. He rocked on. I had a great time.”

Second Lt. Dillon Hagerty, 50 OSS, echoed the sentiment.

“It was a great community effort by Team Schriever, David Cook and everyone involved. I hope it happens again next year,” he said. “David Cook was a personable guy. He gave a lot of autographs during the concert, interacted with the fans and the kids. I think he did a great job.”

Prior to the concert, Team Schriever has been working for more than five months to ensure its success.  

“This was a definitely a big event. This was a lot of effort for the base, including all the volunteers. We would not have been able to do this without them,” said 2nd Lt. Sarah D’Alessandro, 50 FSS Sustainment Services Flight deputy and one of the event’s lead coordinators.

“I think the event was a huge success,” she continued. “The crowd was awesome. We brought in a bigger crowd than anticipated. We have been wanting to have a huge event like this. It opens a lot of doors for future concerts and events.”

In addition to the concert, the event also featured food trucks and children’s events, such as bouncy castles among other. Athletes from the U.S. Olympic Center also attended the concert, where they had a meet-and-greet session with attendees.

“David Cook and his band have been great,” D’Alessandro concluded. “They are all nice people and humble. They are grateful to be here. It seems they like entertaining military crowds like this. We are really happy that he was here.”  

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