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Jazz Ambassadors Give Free Concert At Tech

SOCORRO, N.M. February 29, 2012 – The internationally acclaimed U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., will continue its long history of presenting free public performances when it appears at Macey Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. The Jazz Ambassadors’ concert in Socorro is presented by the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series.

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 The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors

As the premier touring big band for the United States Army, the Jazz Ambassadors travels thousands of miles each year throughout the nation and abroad, keeping the will of the American people behind the members of the armed forces and supporting diplomatic efforts around the world. Since its formation in 1969, the Jazz Ambassadors have appeared in all 50 states and throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

The Jazz Ambassadors presents a diverse program of big band swing, Latin, contemporary jazz, popular tunes, standards, Dixieland, and patriotic selections. Maestro Marvin Hamlisch, during a joint concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, exclaimed, “I can’t think of better ambassadors for our country!”

Past performance highlights include the Montreux, North Sea, and Newport Jazz Festivals, World War II 50th anniversary commemorations in the United States and Europe, and performances in India and Japan. After performing with the Cincinnati Pops at Carnegie Hall, the Cincinnati Enquirer declared that “the musicianship was superb … The Jazz Ambassadors are polished and seamless virtuosos.”

Members of the Jazz Ambassadors are selected by highly competitive audition and represent some of the finest musical talent in America. More than three decades of touring have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”

Tickets to the Jazz Ambassadors concert are free but should be picked up in advance. Tickets are available in Socorro and Magdalena at Brownbilt Shoes & Western Wear on Manzanares St.; Burrito Tyme Drive-up; Socorro Chamber of Commerce; Socorro Heritage and Visitor Center; Socorro D.A.V.; the Cashier Office in Fidel Center; and Alamo Plumbing and Heating in Magdalena.

To have tickets mailed, and for additional information about the Jazz Ambassadors’ performance in Socorro, please contact the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series at 575-835-5688, email pas@admin.nmt.edu or visit www.nmtpas.org.

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