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U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors Band SWINGS!

Updated on June 17, 2014
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Music permeates Maren's soul, whether performing (voice, piano, drum, guitar, clarinet) or acting as a crazily enthusiastic audience member.

The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors

A tight group of jazz musicians.
A tight group of jazz musicians. | Source

Army Field Band

During the wonderful gathering of jazz musicians to the March Mecca in Berks County (also known as Berks Jazz Fest), one of the regularly scheduled concerts is by one of the an armed forces bands. Some years, it is the Army Jazz Ambassadors, one of the four performing units of the United States Army Field Band. This tight group of twenty musicians and four roadies pitched an intense, high energy concert.

Professionalism? Technical competence? They’ve got it. For example, if the score contained alternate double-dotted eighth notes with thirty-second rests, believe me, with this band you would hear the space between each sounded note. Also, their interpretive and expressive skills are evident, although sometimes a little too controlled.

Each member of the ensemble is headliner proficiency, so all solos are a real treat to hear. The drummer is worthy of special mention – often leading off a number, he is a perpetual energy machine and great fun to watch. Also fun to watch were some of the more emotionally expressive band members, with their feet briskly tapping and their faces beaming their delight in the music being made.

The program I saw covered a variety of the jazz genres and eras, from “I’ll Be Seeing You” to a jazz treatment of “Rainy Days and Mondays.” I must confess that my favorites for the program were both Mary Lou Williams tunes: “Big Jim Blues” and “Rosa Mae.”

The band’s music director/MC mentioned their website which includes links for legal downloads to some of the night’s tunes and many others. I also appreciate its links to the other military service concert bands. It’s worth checking at

If this band rolls into your area, they’ll provide a stimulating night out.

Text copyright 2011 Maren Morgan


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      B.T 6 years ago

      It was great that you provided the link to be able to listen to all those fantastic numbers. I didn't have time to catch them all yet, but will do so when time pemits. Thanks for your submission.

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Reena j, I also love jazz. Are there many clubs in Tamil Nadu which have live jazz all year long?

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Danette, I would think that any of the armed forces bands are top-notch. The competition to "make it" in is tremendous. The director of my community band was in the one of the Coast Guard bands - a branch of the service which is often overlooked.

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      Reena j 6 years ago

      I love jazz and got it from the website mentioned.Awesome!!!!!

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Last month, St. Louis was host to Marine Week and one of the Marine bands played at the closing ceremony. They were excellent and I'll certainly check out this band if they come to the area.

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