Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Airmen of Note play to packed house in Florence - SCNow

Airmen of Note play to packed house in Florence

GAVIN JACKSON/MORNING NEWS (from left) Lead alto saxophonist Technical Sergeant Tyler Kuebler, second tenor saxophonist TSgt Grant Langford and baritone Mater Sergeant Doug Morgan play during the Airmen of Note performance at the Florence Civic Center on Tuesday, April 14, 2012. The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force, with it's history dating back to 1950 to carry on the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Corps dance band. The United States Air Force Band is based at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., and the Notes make up one of the six performing groups for the branch.


The United States Air Force Airmen of Note jazz ensemble performed a free concert Tuesday evening at a packed Florence Civic Center.

The 18-member band was formed in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Corps Dance Band and is one of the last touring big bands and enjoy an international reputation as one of the finest and most versatile big bands of its kind.

Playing a mixture of original songs and songs from the golden era of Big Band, the full house at the Civic Center ballroom tapped along to the screaming brass and percussion instruments as well as the smooth bass and piano sounds that transported many back to a golden era.

The Airmen of Note are one of six performing groups within the United States Air Force Band and are based at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.

The Airmen of Note round out their spring tour with three more shows in the state this week and two in Georgia.

The group will perform at Patriot Hall in Sumter on April 25 at 7:30 p.m., Coastal Carolina University Wheelwright Auditorium on April  26 ay 7:30 p.m and Summerville High School Auditorium on April  27 at 7 p.m. in Summerville.

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