2013-06-06 / Local & State

Free Army Jazz Concert

The internationally acclaimed U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., will continue its long history of presenting free public performances when it appears at the Mercersburg VFW, 20 Veterans Way Mercersburg, Pa., on June 17, at 7 p. m. The Jazz Ambassadors’ concert in Mercersburg is sponsored by the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce in celebration of the chamber’s 89th anniversary.

As the premier touring big band for the United States Army, the Jazz Ambassadors travels thousands of miles each year throughout the nation and abroad, keeping the will of the American people behind the members of the armed forces and supporting diplomatic efforts around the world. Since its formation in 1969, the Jazz Ambassadors have appeared in all 50 states and throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

The Jazz Ambassadors presents a diverse program of big band swing, Latin music, contemporary jazz, popular tunes, standards, Dixieland, and patriotic selections. Maestro Marvin Hamlisch, during a joint concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, exclaimed, “I can’t think of better ambassadors for our country!” Past performance highlights include the Montreux, North Sea, and Newport Jazz Festivals, World War II 50th anniversary commemorations in the United States and Europe, and performances in India and Japan. After performing with the Cincinnati Pops at Carnegie Hall, the Cincinnati Enquirer declared that “the musicianship was superb ... The Jazz Ambassadors are polished and seamless virtuosos.”

This is an outside concert and free. Please bring a lawn chair and arrive early to enjoy. For additional information about the Jazz Ambassadors’ performance in Mercersburg, please contact TACC 717- 328- 5827 or info@tachamber.org.

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