The United States Army Field Band

The Jazz Ambassadors

June 29, rain or shine

Ground open at 6:30pm
Performance at 7:30pm
Free — no tickets required!

The Jazz Ambassadors will perform on the terrace of historic Alger estate, and guests will enjoy the concert from The War Memorial’s beautiful lakefront lawn. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets, or experience the concert from your boat! Concessions will be available for purchase, including popcorn and The War Memorial’s house-made donuts; water, soft drinks, and a full cash bar will also be available. No outside alcoholic beverages will be permitted.


The Jazz Ambassadors — America's Big Band — is the official touring big band of the United States Army. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America's original art form, jazz.

The Jazz Ambassadors are sure to entertain all types of audiences! The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors.


About the Jazz Ambassadors

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In 1969, Army Field Band Commander Major Hal Gibson formed the Studio Band in response to an increased demand for jazz performances. The Studio Band became the Army's premier touring jazz ensemble, and was renamed the Jazz Ambassadors in 1979.

The band has appeared in all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Whether at a world-renowned venue or playing in the grassroots of America, the Jazz Ambassadors impress audiences with their virtuosity. The ability to connect with their audience has attracted the attention of Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet, just a few of the outstanding jazz artists who have shared the stage with America's Big Band.

Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. Many of the ensemble's members arrange and compose music highlighting the group's creative talent and gifted soloists. Their diverse repertoire includes big band swing, Latin music, contemporary jazz, bebop, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, and patriotic selections. Wherever they travel, the Jazz Ambassadors proudly carry the message of patriotism and goodwill to audiences worldwide.

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