If it's jazz you love, get ready to snap your fingers and tap your toes.
The Jazz Ambassadors Fall Tour 2012 is making a stop at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at LaBrae High School Auditorium, 1001 N. Leavitt Road, Leavittsburg.
The program is part of the Tribune Chronicle's year-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of newspaper publishing in Trumbull County.
Admission is free. However, tickets are required and can be obtained through the Tribune Chronicle.
The Jazz Ambassadors - America's Big Band - is the official touring big band of the United States Army. The 19-member ensemble was formed in 1969 and has received great acclaim, both at home and abroad, performing jazz.
"The performance features a variety of music, something for everyone," said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Heather Van Beek, tour coordinator. "The audiences vary. There are those who are very patriotic who would come regardless because it's a military band concert. But then there are those who enjoy the big band style. The response has been good, and it's a very entertaining concert. It's a jazz band, but there are performances of selections from various time periods. The band has a pretty loyal following."
If you go:
WHAT: The Jazz Ambassadors Fall Tour 2012
WHEN: 7 p.m. Oct. 13
WHERE: LaBrae High School Auditorium, 1001 N. Leavitt Road, Leavittsburg
HOW MUCH: Free, but tickets are required
Van Beek, who has been booking shows for the band the past 4 1/2 years, explained that it is the band's job to tour 100 days a year. The stop in Trumbull County is part of a 35-day tour of the midwest United States.
The band has performed in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India and throughout Europe. Notable performances include concerts at international jazz festivals in Montreux, Switzerland; Newport, R.I.; Toronto, Canada; Brussels, Belgium; and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. In 1995, 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.
"This is the first time that the Tribune Chronicle has hosted a military band. We are very excited to welcome them to our area," said Sue Shafer, community events coordinator for the Tribune Chronicle.
Tribune Chronicle publisher Charles Jarvis will offer remarks.
The band's repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals and patriotic selections.
Vocalist U.S. Army Master Sgt. Marva Lewis also will perform.
"This is another opportunity to thank the veterans of this community who have served and sacrificed for our freedom," Shafer said. "We hope that they will enjoy the concert."
Tickets may be picked up at the Tribune Chronicle in Warren. Or send a self-addressed stamped envelop to the Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. S.E., Warren, OH 44483.