United States Air Force Band of the Golden West Jazz Ensemble to Play Mesa Arts Center, 4/23
The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West's Jazz Ensemble, The Commanders, will perform a free concert as part of Mesa Arts Center's Performing Live series, Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ikeda Theater. Free tickets can be reserved through the Mesa Arts Center Box Office at MesaArtsCenter.com or by calling 480-644-6500.
Under the direction of Master Sergeant Jeremiah True, The Commanders carry on the American musical tradition of the great traveling big bands. The group of highly-trained professional airmen-musicians plays everything from traditional jazz, cool, bop and swing to Broadway favorites, popular tunes, Latin rhythms, and patriotic music.
Concert performances include the music of jazz legends Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie and Charlie Parker as well as contemporary big band leaders and composers such as Gordon Goodwin and Maria Schneider. Featuring outstanding soloists as well as a superb vocalist, The Commanders is an ensemble capable of delivering a truly powerful musical performance.
Touring the western states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, the US Air Force Band of the Golden West has performed for thousands of listeners in live concert appearances and many more via its numerous recordings, television, and radio broadcasts.
As the only active-duty Air Force band west of the Rockies, the Band of the Golden West is dedicated to using the power of music to inspire Air Force members and all audiences, producing innovative musical programs and products, and communicating Air Force excellence.