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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Students to perform with Army Jazz Ambassadors

  • The public is invited to attend a free concert by the Army Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Hannibal High School auditorium. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m.


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  • The public is invited to attend a free concert by the Army Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Hannibal High School auditorium. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m.
    Three instrumental music students at Hannibal High School have been selected to perform with the band. They are senior David Colborn on trumpet, senior Chris DeCorte on saxophone and sophomore Matt Karr on trombone. Each of them has been provided the music for “In the Mood.”
    “It’s an honor for these students to participate with the jazz band of this caliber,” Said Debbie Higbee Roberts, instrumental department chairperson for both the Hannibal Middle School and HHS.
    The concert is being sponsored by the Hannibal Courier-Post. “In past years we have hosted a variety of military bands, including both Army and Air Force musicians,” said Jack Whitaker, Courier-Post publisher.
    “We are delighted that the Army Jazz Ambassadors have been able to work Hannibal into their very demanding schedule,” he said. “The people of Hannibal have always shown great appreciation for these concerts.”
    The Studio Jazz Ensemble at Hannibal High School will open the concert at 7 p.m. prior to the Army Jazz Ambassadors’ performance.
    A total of 850 free tickets for the concert are being provided by the Courier-Post. “They will fill the auditorium,” Whitaker said. The tickets available at the Courier-Post, 200 N. Third. Tickets may also be mailed, Whitaker said. To receive them by mail, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the Courier-Post.
    A supply of “standby” tickets also will be available at the school on the night of the concert, March 19, Whitaker said. However, patrons will not be admitted with these tickets until 6:45 p.m. Advance ticket holders are urged to arrive prior to 6:45 p.m. to ensure having a seat.
    The Jazz Ambassadors band is the U.S. Army’s premier touring jazz orchestra. It travels thousands of miles each year to perform in every state in the nation and round the world. Internationally it has performed in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan and the Republic of India.
    The Jazz Ambassadors band is directed by Chief Warrant Officer Gordon Kippola. Lead vocalist is Master Sgt. Marva Lewis.
    Many members of the Jazz Ambassadors also are composers and arrangers. Its repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, contemporary jazz, popular tunes and dixieland.
    In July 1989 the band toured six countries in Europe and performed at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
    In 1990 the band performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. It played in Tokyo, Japan, in 1993, for the grand opening of the Japan branch of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society. All performances by the band are free and open to the public.
    Whitaker added that  “we are pleased that the Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post 55 has agreed to preset the colors. We also encourage concert-goers to patronize the snack bar hosted by the Hannibal High School Booster Club at intermission.”
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    Some details and photos for this article were from the website ArmyFieldBand.com.

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