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 SRU to Again Host U.S. Army's Jazz Ambassadors in Free June 27 Concert 



April 26, 2006

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine 724-738-4854;


TICKETS TO THE EVENT ARE GOING FAST. All available tickets have been distributed, however some remaining seats are expected at the last minute. Those with tickets are asked to be in their seats by 6:50 p.m., when remaining seats will be made available to walk-ins. (No additional mail requests are being accepted.)




SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors, the Army’s premier touring jazz orchestra with appearances in all 50 states, returns to Slippery Rock University for a free concert at 7 p.m. June 27 in Miller Auditorium. The group’s performance at SRU last year was a "sellout."

The 19-member band will perform patriotic, big band, swing, contemporary jazz and Dixieland selections, conducted by U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Laird.

Ticket information

          Up to six tickets are available by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the SRU University Public Relations Office, 1 Morrow Way, 201 Old Main, Slippery Rock, Pa., 16057. (Tickets may also be obtained by visiting the PR office.)

     Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are designed to entertain and support the armed forces and diplomatic efforts. Custom compositions and arrangements highlight the group's creative talent and gifted soloists. Their diverse repertoire also includes bebop, Latin, jazz standards, popular tunes and vocals.

Billed as the military’s most traveled ensemble and based in Washington, D.C., the band has also appeared in Canada, Mexico, Japan, India and throughout Europe. Notable performances include concerts at international jazz festivals in Montreux, Switzerland; Newport, Rhode Island; Toronto, Canada; Brussels, Belgium; and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.

The Jazz Ambassadors performed in England, Wales, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. The band has also been featured in unique joint concerts with major orchestras, including the Detroit and Baltimore symphonies.

About the conductor

       Laird holds his master of arts in fine arts education from Truman State University. He enlisted in the Army in 1978 and holds several military decorations, including two Oak Leaf Clusters and a National Defense Service Ribbon.

     For more information, call SRU at 724-738-2091.

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