Air Force Jazz Ensemble to Perform

The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America will perform Friday, Nov. 4, at William Woods University. The presentation will feature the Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble.

The concert will be held in the Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and the concert will start at 7.

Complimentary tickets are available by sending a request with a self-addressed stamped envelope to the concert’s co-sponsor, The Fulton Sun, 215 E. 5th St., Fulton, MO 65251, attention USAF Concert. Although the concert is free, tickets will be required for admission.

The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America is the principal musical ambassador of Headquarters Air Mobility Command. The band supports the Air Force mission by presenting world-class musical programs that promote and support troop morale, recruiting, community relations and the preservation of our national heritage.

This diverse group of musicians has a tradition of performing many styles of music for people from all walks of life. The band performs community relations and recruiting concerts for audiences throughout the Midwest.

Each year the band plays more than 400 engagements, performing for more than 1 million people in person and many more on television and radio broadcasts.

The Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble is a group of 18 professional enlisted musicians whose musical repertoire ranges from traditional big band jazz to bebop and swing, to modern jazz.

They have backed such jazz greats as Tex Benecke, Denis DiBlasio, Jamey Aebersold, Mike Smith, Bobby Shew, Allen Vizzutti, Jeff Jarvis, Mike Vax, Vaughn Nark, Bill Porter, Carmen Bradford, Shelley Berg, Joe Morello, Steve Houghton and Walt Levinsky.

The ensemble is often requested to play for featured performances at jazz clinics and festivals. They also pay tribute to the Air Force’s musical heritage, and have collaborated with actor Wilford Brimley on a highly acclaimed salute to Major Glenn Miller.

In November of 2000, the band traveled to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., to salute America’s military veterans at the nationally advertised “Celebrate Freedom” festival. The band provided opening and closing music and ceremony for Louise Mandrell and Senator Bob Dole as they addressed and recognized thousands of America’s military veterans.

For more information on the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America concert, contact the Office of University Relations at William Woods University, (573) 592-1127.