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U.S. Army’s Jazz Ambassadors to perform at SDSU

The South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts will host a live performance by the Jazz Ambassadors at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center.  
Tickets are free but required and may be accessed on or after Thursday at the Brookings Hy-Vee, The Brookings Register, or room 123 of the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center.
    
One of the finest big bands in the world today, the Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., tour thousands of miles each year to promote patriotism and goodwill for the U.S. Army through free public concerts. 
The Army’s official touring big band has made a variety of high-profile appearances, including performances with the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony. 
“I can’t think of better ambassadors for our country,” conductor Marvin Hamlisch said during a joint performance with the National Symphony Orchestra.
The band has appeared in all 50 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 jazz artists who have shared the stage with America’s big band. 
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.
For more information, contact the School of Performing Arts at 605-688-5187.
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