WAXAHACHIE — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) will be hosting the world renowned United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors in conjunction with the Waxahachie Symphony Association (WSA) on April 15.
The Jazz Ambassadors will be taking the stage in the Hagee Communications Center performance hall at 7 p.m. to perform a broad range of musical stylings. The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors. Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. Affectionately known as “America’s Big Band,” the Ambassadors have a big sound and are sure to provide a remarkable performance.
“They are an excellent music group that will relate to all ages. In this current climate, it is a good thing to recognize and be thankful for our country and those who protect us," Programming Manager Tom Lepper said. "I am thankful that SAGU has a wonderful facility to host this group.”
For nearly 70 years, the Army Jazz Ambassadors have traveled throughout the United States, performing in diverse venues in communities of all sizes. 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 one of America's greatest original art forms, jazz.
The band has played in all 50 states as well as a number of international venues, notably playing the Toronto Jazz Festival and the Richmond Jazz Festival. They have performed in some of America's most esteemed venues including Carnegie Hall, sharing stages with Jazz greats such as Gordon Goodwin and Bobby Shew.
The event is scheduled just one week after the WSA’s Jazz Concert. However, WSA President Sherry Dyess believes that the Jazz Ambassadors and the WSA have distinct musical stylings within their jazz arrangements.
“I am personally looking forward to hearing this group,” Dyess said.
The concert is free. However, tickets are required and carry a four ticket limit. To obtain a ticket, visit sagu.brushfireapp.com/tickets/436478.
Tickets can also be picked up at the SAGU Bookstore and will be distributed at the door on the night of the concert as available.