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Local concerts honor the country's armed forces

What better way to honor the country's armed forces than with a patriotic tune? Check out one of the two groups performing local concerts in honor of Veteran's Day.

The Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band, the Army's premier touring jazz orchestra, will perform at 7:30 tonight at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton.

The program will include performances of Neal Hefti's "Whirlybird," Carl Murr's "A Study Was Done" and Woody Herman's "Northwest Passage," among other favorites.

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

The 19-member band travels thousands of miles every year to perform at public concerts, school assemblies, clinics, music festivals and radio and television appearances. The group's repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin contemporary jazz and patriotic tunes.

The Stone Mountain Chorus will also honor armed forces veterans as it celebrates its 25th anniversary with a few special concerts this weekend.

The 50-man chorus will treat the audience to a wide variety of barbershop harmony songs. Also performing will be the 2003 Dixie district champion quartet State Line Grocery and the 2004 international quartet champions "GOTCHA!"

Concerts will start at 8:30 p.m. today and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $18 or at the door for $20. Groups of 12 or more, senior adults and full-time students can get a $15 discount.

Tickets can be purchased from any Stone Mountain Chorus member or may be requested by calling the chorus information line at 770-978-8053.

- From staff reports

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

•When: 7:30 p.m. today

•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.