Army jazz band will pay tribute to U.S. troops

The U.S. Army's jazz band will pay a visit next week, and the concert is the perfect way to keep the country's troops on your mind this Veterans Day.

The Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band will perform Nov. 11 at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton.

On the program are standards such as Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine" and Benny Carter's "Souvenir" as well as the Stuart Gorrell and Hoagy Carmichael version of "Georgia on my Mind."

Another highlight will be a tribute to Hurricane Katrina victims with a "Visit to New Orleans" arrangement.

The Jazz Ambassadors is the United States Army's premier touring jazz orchestra. The 19-member band travels thousands of miles every year to perform public concerts, school assemblies, clinics, music festivals and radio and television appearances.

The Ambassadors' repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin contemporary jazz, popular tunes and dixieland.

- From staff reports

n What: Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band

•When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11

•Where: Mill Creek High School, 4400 Braselton Highway in Hoschton

•Cost: Free. Tickets are recommended.

•Call: 770-963-9205, ext. 1316 to request free tickets. Tickets can also be picked up in person at the Gwinnett Daily Post, 725 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville.

•Note: Visit www.jazzambassadors.com for more about the band.