Military band's concert Saturday to weave story of Army, American jazz into performance

MARCH 24-- As a component of the U.S. Army Field Band of Washington D.C., the “Jazz Ambassadors” will weave the story of the Army and history of jazz music in America into their free performance presented at Hardin County High School on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and ticket holders should plan to be seated by 6:45 p.m.
All tickets have been distributed and the show is sold out.
Those without tickets may be admitted shortly before the concert if there are any available seats.
“A large part of the Jazz Ambassadors touring mission includes performances in small communities. We look forward to our first performance in Savannah, Tennessee, a patriotic American community,” said Sgt. First Class Jonathan Milburn, Jazz Ambassadors tour coordinator.
The band’s visit to Hardin County is sponsored by Shiloh Park, Friends of Shiloh National Military Park, The Courier, Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Savannah Arts Commission, Hardin County High School and “The Pride.”
In addition to Tennessee, the band’s spring concerts will take them to Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Three local high school students have been selected to play with the “Jazz Ambassadors” for one song of the evening.
Hardin County High School students, senior Logan Murphy, trombone; sophomore Ben Brown, trumpet; and Adamsville  High School junior Hollie Wilson, alto saxophone, will play “Mr. Timmons” (music by Gene Thoren, Jazz Ambassadors).

The band’s concert draws on classic sounds, from Big Band to Dixieland, compelling music lovers of all ages to attend.
Formed in 1969 and based in Washington D.C., the 19-member ensemble of the “Jazz Ambassadors” has received acclaim at home and abroad.
The high quality of the Army band has kept it in demand, and they have appeared with the Detroit, Pittsburgh and Baltimore symphony orchestras.
The band has received accolades from the audience as well as music icons. Composer Marvin Hamlisch exclaimed, “I can’t think of better ambassadors for our country.”
The Jazz Ambassadors have also been featured at some of the largest jazz festivals in the world. The band plays full-time and has performed in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India and Europe.

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