September 23, 2016
The U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors will present a concert of "America's original art form" on Oct. 27 at Susquehanna University. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium. Admission is free, but tickets are required.
The official touring big band of the United States Army, the Jazz Ambassadors are acclaimed at home and abroad for their performances. A 19-member ensemble formed in 1969, the band's diverse repertoire includes big band, swing, bebop, contemporary jazz, Dixieland and patriotic selections. Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are designed to entertain all types of audiences, including custom compositions and arrangements that highlight the group's creative talent and gifted soloists.
Three Susquehanna students have been selected to perform pieces with the Jazz Ambassadors: Daniel Porell of Westbrook, Maine, on trumpet; Darby Orris of Mifflinburg, Pa., on saxophone; and Gregory Wright of Bethlehem, Pa., on trombone.
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, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. In 1995, the Jazz Ambassadors performed in England, Wales, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic to commemorate 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.
Tickets may be reserved beginning Sept. 27 by calling Susquehanna's Department of Music at 570-372-4281, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Juli Boggs/Music Department, Susquehanna University 514 University Ave., Selinsgrove, PA 17870. They can also be reserved online at www.armyfieldband.com. Limit of four tickets per customer.