The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when they appear on Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by The Daily Item and the Standard Journal.

The concert is free; but tickets are required (see ticketing info at the end).

The Bucknell Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Jazz Ambassadors at 7:50 p.m. Members of Bucknell’s ROTC program will offer the Presentation of Colors.

Known as America’s Big Band, the Jazz Ambassadors are the premier touring jazz orchestra of the U.S. Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-piece ensemble has received critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and abroad performing America’s original art form, jazz.

Performances by the Jazz Ambassadors offer some of the most versatile programming of any big band. Concerts include classic big band standards, instrumental and vocal solo features, patriotic favorites, contemporary jazz works and original arrangements and compositions by past and present members of the Jazz Ambassadors. Many of these original works are available for free download through Perspectives, a jazz education initiative by the Jazz Ambassadors.

The Jazz Ambassadors have performed in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India and Europe, and in joint concerts with the Boston Pops, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and Seattle Symphony and at Carnegie Hall with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops.

Appearances at international jazz festivals in Montreux, Switzerland; Newport, R.I.; Toronto; Brussels, and the Netherlands have been met with enthusiastic acclaim, as well as concerts in England, Wales, Luxembourg, Germany, the Czech Republic and Norway.

Tickets are free, but required.

Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-577-1000 or online at

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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