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U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors return to Powell for April 10 concert

Posted March 29, 2010

POWELL, Wyo. - The United States Army's premier touring jazz orchestra, the Jazz Ambassadors, return to Powell to perform in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the Powell High School Auditorium.

Jazz Ambassadors concerts are designed to entertain all types of audiences. The group's diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland and patriotic selections.

The band has appeared in all 50 states, plus Canada, Mexico, Japan and India. In 1995, the Jazz Ambassadors performed at several venues across Europe in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. In India, the popularity of American music and jazz, coupled with the Jazz Ambassadors' musical stylings, led one audience to demand four encores with chants of, "Yankee, don't go home."

A highly competitive audition process draws performers to the Jazz Ambassadors from leading conservatories, universities and the professional ranks. Many of the musicians have extensive civilian performance experience, including recordings, movie and television soundtracks, and performances with major jazz and popular music artists.

Carrying its message of patriotism and goodwill to audiences far and wide, the band has been performing for audiences of all ages for more than six decades.

The Jazz Ambassadors concert in Powell is sponsored by the Powell Tribune, Northwest College Music Department and Park County School District No. 1.

Tickets are free but must be claimed in advance at the Powell Tribune.