Ticket feature: U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors to take stage

Clovis, known widely as an Air Force town, is getting a visit from some very boisterous Army members.

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The U.S. Army Field Band's Jazz Ambassadors will perform a free concert Wednesday at Marshall Auditorium.

Those members, 19 in all, comprise the Army Field Band's Jazz Ambassadors, set to perform a free concert next week.

The show, scheduled for 7 p.m. April 4 at Marshall Auditorium, will require tickets — now available at the Clovis Community College cashier's window on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to four per order.

Billed as the "musical ambassadors of the Army," the band is an ensemble formed in 1969, with a variety of jazz sytlings including big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections. Its intent, according to a release, is to travel the country and abroad, encouraging support of the armed forces and diplomatic efforts through the music of big band swing, contemporary jazz, Latin music, Dixieland and more.

In addition to all 50 states, the ensemble has also performed in Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe.

But places with military bases, like eastern New Mexico with Cannon Air Force Base, are not the normal tour stops.

"It's kind of the opposite of what we do," said Sgt. 1st Class Heather Van Beek, the tour coordinator. "We try to hit small town America. Most of the places we go are not very familiar with the military.

However, a request was put in by a representative of CCC, and Van Beek said, " We try to honor all of the requests we possibly can while we're out on tour.

  • What: Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors
  • When: 7 p.m. April 4
  • Where: Marshall Auditorium
  • Admission: Free, but tickets are required and are available at the Clovis Community College cashier's window. Limit of four tickets per order.
  • Information: 769-4035

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