LANCASTER – The Commanders Jazz Ensemble, part of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base, is swinging into Lancaster for a free concert at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center on Monday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.
Tickets are required for entry. To pick up your free tickets, visit the Lancaster Performing Arts Center Box Office from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 661-723-5950.
Under the direction of Master Sgt. Jeremiah True, The Commanders Jazz Ensemble carries on the American musical tradition of the great traveling big bands, yet offers a lot more than the big band sounds.
The energetic group of highly-trained professional airmen-musicians plays everything from traditional jazz, cool, bop and swing to Broadway favorites, popular tunes, Latin rhythms, and patriotic music. The Commanders offers an entertaining show you won’t soon forget.
During a concert you’re likely to hear the music of jazz legends Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie and Charlie Parker as well as contemporary big band leaders and composers such as Gordon Goodwin and Maria Schneider.
No concert would be complete without a tribute to the late Maj. Glenn Miller and his famous Army Air Corps Band. Featuring outstanding soloists as well as a superb vocalist, The Commanders is an ensemble capable of delivering a powerful musical performance.
Touring the western states of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Arizona, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West has performed for thousands of listeners in live concert appearances and for millions worldwide via its numerous recordings and television and radio broadcasts.
As the only active-duty Air Force band west of the Rockies, the Band of the Golden West is dedicated to using the power of music to inspire Air Force members and the nation, producing innovative musical programs and products, and communicating Air Force excellence.