Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force, will perform its own brand of big band jazz as well as more contemporary forms of jazz, in a concert on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. on the campus of Virginia Tech. This free event is presented by the School of Performing Arts and will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center's Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall.
Created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Maj. Glenn Miller's Army Air Corps dance band, the current band consists of 18 active duty Airmen musicians including one vocalist. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The U.S. Air Force Band.
Their commitment to musical excellence has earned the respect of the foremost jazz artists from around the globe, leading to many collaborative performances and recordings with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, and Doc Severinsen. In 1990, the Airmen of Note established the Jazz Heritage Series, featuring the “Note” in concert with legendary icons of jazz. The Jazz Heritage Series is broadcast to millions over National Public Radio, independent jazz radio stations, satellite radio services and the Internet. In addition, the “Note” produces and delivers recorded music to millions of fans worldwide through hundreds of media outlets. One of the group's recent holiday recordings, "Cool Yule," reached #2 on the JazzWeek jazz chart.
The performance is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are limited to six per order and may be obtained online; at the Moss Arts Center box office 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300. Please note that patrons must take their seats for the performance by 7:15 p.m., or their tickets will be released to walk-up patrons.
The Moss Arts Center is located at 190 Alumni Mall on the campus of Virginia Tech. Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Additional parking is available after 5 p.m. on weekdays on Alumni Mall; in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Streets; in the Architecture Annex Lot on Otey Street; and the Perry Street/Prices Fork lots. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200. Alternative parking is available in the Kent Squire parking garage and the Farmers Market metered parking lot, both located on Draper Road. Additional downtown Blacksburg parking information can be found online.
If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please email Susan Sanders or call her at 540-231-5200 during regular business hours at least 5 business days prior to the event.