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U.S. Army Field Band jazz ensemble
to perform at Temple Theater Nov. 9

By Staff
From staff reports
October 7, 2004
Meridian is one of several Mississippi towns included on the fall touring schedule of the U.S. Army's premier touring jazz orchestra.
The U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors will perform Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Hamasa Shriners Temple Theater. Sponsored by The Meridian Star and the Hamasa Shriners, the concert is free.
Three local high school musicians will perform with the band after intermission.
Formed in 1969, the 19-member band has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America's original art form, jazz.
Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are designed to entertain all types of audiences. Custom compositions and arrangements highlight the group's creative talent and gifted soloists.
Their 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 Montreaux, Switzerland; Newport, Rhode Island,; Toronto; Brussels; 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 also has been featured in unique joint concerts with major orchestras, including the Detroit, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and national symphonies.
The Jazz Ambassadors is one of the Field Band's four components, which also include the Concert Band, the Soldiers Chorus and the Volunteers.
Each travels more than 100 days annually. Tours include formal public concerts, school assemblies, educational outreach programs, festivals, and radio and television appearances.
The U.S. Army Field Band is considered by music critics to be one of the most versatile and inspiring musical organizations in the world.
Its members, selected by highly-competitive audition, represent some of the finest musical talent in America. More than five decades as the military's most traveled musicians have earned them the title, "The Musical Ambassadors of the Army."
The event: The U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors will perform at the Hamasa Shriners Temple Theatre, 2320 Eighth St.
The date: The event, sponsored by The Meridian Star and the Hamasa Shriners, is scheduled for Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
The tickets: To obtain free tickets, visit The Meridian Star, 814 22nd Ave., or clip the ad published in The Meridian Star on page A2 today and send with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: The Meridian Star, Attn: Field Band Tickets, P.O. Box 1591, Meridian, MS 39302.

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