March 20: The U.S. Army Field Band
From our Nation’s Capital, the United States Army proudly presents The Jazz Ambassadors, America’s Big Band. Come hear the Musical Ambassadors of the Army in a free concert at the Wayne Theatre on Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m.
Admission is free; but tickets are required. Ticketholders must be seated by 6:45 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released at 6:50 p.m.
NEW! Three students from Waynesboro High School will join the band on stage for a number. The Pack 73 Boy Scouts will present colors at the program.
The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing 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 of which are 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 “America’s Big Band.”
The Wayne Theatre is located at 521 W. Main St. in Waynesboro.
Info: (540) 943-9999 or www.waynetheatre.org
About the Program
In addition to patriotic selections, each Jazz Ambassadors’ performance aims to cover the 100+ year history of jazz and is selected from the following styles, artists, composers, and arrangers:
- EARLY JAZZ 1900-1930: Jazz developed as a convergence of cultures and styles. Combining elements of brass bands, the blues, and group improvisation, styles such as ragtime, hot jazz, and Dixieland were born. These styles were performed and developed by artists including Buddy Bolden, Scott Joplin, Coleman Hawkins, Jack Teagarden, Kid Ory, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, and Bessie Smith.
- THE SWING ERA 1930-1945: The swing era was the heyday of big band jazz. It was a national obsession that led to new styles of music, fashion, and dance. It was most famously performed by big bands led by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, and Benny Moten. Vocalists including Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole were also featured prominently.
- BEBOP AND COOL JAZZ 1945-1960: This period marks the transformation of jazz from entertainment to art and from big bands back to small groups and solo artists. Bebop, hard bop, cool, modal, and avante-garde all share beginnings during this time and were performed by artists including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Paul Chambers, Max Roach, Kenny Clarke, J.J. Johnson, and Slide Hampton.
- MODERN JAZZ 1960-PRESENT: Over the last 50+ years, jazz has been characterized by the fusion of many cultures, styles, and genres. During this time, jazz has merged with rock & roll, hiphop, reggae, funk, bluegrass, electronic music, and more. Modern infl uential groups from this time period include big bands led by Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Maria Schneider, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Charles Mingus, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Sun Ra, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and Darcy James Argue.
Online ticketing ends three hours before scheduled performances. After that time, remaining tickets will be available at the box office one hour before show time.