The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C. will be giving a free public concert at Casper College on Monday, October 16th. The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. The 19-member ensemble was formed in 1969 and has received much acclaim performing what many consider America's greatest original art form, jazz.

The Jazz Ambassadors seek to entertain a range of audiences, with a diverse offering that includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections. Many of the pieces are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors.

From a press release from Casper College:

"The Jazz Ambassadors has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and an appearance on the Colbert Report. Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet are just a few of the outstanding jazz artists who have shared the stage with the Jazz Ambassadors. The band has been featured in joint concerts with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Pops, the Colorado Pops Orchestra, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. The band’s rigorous touring schedule and reputation for excellence has earned it the title 'America’s Big Band.'"

The Jazz Ambassadors:

  • Monday, October 16th, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wheeler Concert Hall at Casper College
  • The concert is free, but tickets are required.
  • Sponsored by Casper College

For more information and to reserve your free tickets you can call 307-268-2606 or visit www.caspercollegearts.cc.

Here's a sampling of the Jazz Ambassadors, via YouTube.