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U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors Coming to UCM March 17

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 9, 2011) – The University of Central Missouri Department of Music will host the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors: America's Big Band in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in Hendricks Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Jazz Ambassadors: America's Big Band is the official touring big band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, the 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad, performing America's original art form, jazz.

Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are designed to entertain all audiences. Custom compositions and arrangements highlight the group's creative talent and gifted soloists. The group’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections.

The band has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Notable performances include concerts at international jazz festivals in Montreux, Switzerland; Newport, R.I.; Toronto, Canada; Brussels, Belgium; and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. In 1995, the Jazz Ambassadors performed in England, Wales, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. The band has also been featured in unique joint concerts with major orchestras, including the Detroit and Baltimore symphonies.

Their performance UCM is part of their Spring 2011 tour, taking them to 31 sites in 8 states.