Army Jazz Ambassadors to perform at Augustana College

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears at Augustana College’s Centennial Hall (3703 7th Avenue) on March 15 at 2 p.m. The Jazz Ambassadors’ concert in Rock Island is sponsored by Augustana College and The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus.

The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad, performing what many consider America’s greatest original art form, jazz.

Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals and patriotic selections, many written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors.

The Jazz Ambassadors has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and an appearance on the Colbert Report. Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet are just a few of the outstanding jazz artists who have shared the stage with the Jazz Ambassadors. The band has been featured in joint concerts with Marvin

Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Pops, the Colorado Pops Orchestra and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. The band’s rigorous touring schedule and reputation for excellence has earned it the title of “America’s Big Band.”

For additional information about the Jazz Ambassadors’ performance at Augustana, contact Lauren Reid at (309) 794-7323 or laurenreid@augustana.edu. For free tickets, visit the Augustana Ticket Office or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Augustana Ticket office with the number of tickets requested (limit of six per patron).

Media note: Please see the link below for a photo that may be used for news coverage of the event.

Jazz Ambassadors Photo provided by the Army Jazz Ambassadors

About Augustana:

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 155 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world’s most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.