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MU Jazz Fest to feature Airmen of Note

Jan. 26, 2013 @ 10:52 AM

HUNTINGTON — Airmen of Note, considered the premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force, will headline the 44th annual Marshall University Jazz Festival, which begins Thursday, Jan. 31, and continues through Saturday, Feb. 2.  

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. each evening in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Admission to the concerts will be free; however, tickets are required and can be picked up the nights of the performances at the Joan C. Edwards box office.

The festival begins Thursday evening with a performance by this year's high school honor ensemble, The Patriot, from Parkersburg South High School, under the direction of Eric Staats. Afterward there will be a performance by Marshall University student combos.

The Marshall University Alumni Big Band will perform Friday night, followed by Marshall University 12.0 and guest artists.

Saturday is the closing night, with a performance by the Thundering Herd All-Star Band and the featured guests, Airmen of Note.

According to their website, the Airmen of Note was created in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Maj. Glenn Miller's Army Air Corps dance band. Today the "Note" features 18 of the most talented jazz musicians in the country and is one of the last touring big bands.

As a result, it has earned an international reputation as one of the finest and most versatile big bands of its kind in the world.