TIFTON— The United States Army Jazz Ambassadors will be featured in a free concert on Sept. 2 to kick off the 2014-15 “ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series” at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Tift County High School (TCHS) Performing Arts Center. Although this concert is free, ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said a ticket is required for admittance to the performance.
Supported and presented jointly by the Arts Connection at ABAC and the Performing Arts Center at TCHS, Jones said the concert is a gift to the community and an opportunity to show support for U. S. troops serving at home and abroad.
Other performances in the series include The University of Georgia (UGA) Symphony Orchestra at the TCHS Performing Arts Center on Sept. 13, Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium, the Peach State Opera Company’s production of “The Elixir of Love” on Jan. 22, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium, The California Guitar Trio on Feb. 12, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium, and The Ron Westray-Thomas Heflin Quintet on April 16, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium.
While available tickets will be sold at the door for each show, Jones encourages advance purchase of tickets to ensure seating for patrons. Tickets for the entire series are $50 for adults and $20 for students under 18 years of age. Tickets can be purchased online at www.purplepass.com/abac or by phone at (229) 391-4895. Individual tickets for each event are $15 each for adults and $10 each for students under 18 years of age.
The Jazz Ambassadors are the United States Army’s premier touring jazz ensemble and the official touring big band of the United States Army. The 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, entertains all types of audiences. Custom compositions and arrangements highlight the group's creative talents and gifted soloists. Their diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections.
From the big band sounds of the 1940s to the contemporary hits of today, the members of the Jazz Ambassadors present a versatile musical program that has garnered them international recognition and appeals to all ages, earning them the title of “America’s Big Band.” In addition to formal public concerts, the Jazz Ambassadors frequently present clinics for high schools and colleges, and perform on local and network television.
The band has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. In 1995, the Jazz Ambassadors performed in England, Wales, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic to commemorate of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.
“ABAC Presents!” is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency - the National Endowment for the Arts.