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Time:

Thursday
December, 19, 2024
07:30 PM - 08:45 PM

Location:

W196

Category

Military Ensemble

Conductor

Conductor Thumb
CWO3 Alexander Davis

Performer Details

Performer Bio Synopsis

The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America's greatest original art form, jazz. Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, traditional jazz, vocals, and patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors. The Jazz Ambassadors has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and an appearance on the Colbert Report. Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet are just a few of the outstanding jazz artists who have shared the stage with the Jazz Ambassadors. The band has been featured in joint concerts with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Pops, the Colorado Pops Orchestra, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. The Jazz Ambassadors’ rigorous touring schedule and reputation for excellence has earned it the title “America’s Big Band.”

Conductor's Bio

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Chief Warrant Officer Alexander Davis currently serves as Bandmaster and Officer-In-Charge of the Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Prior to this assignment, he served as Commander of the Ninth Army Band stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska and the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band in Fort Benning, Georgia. CW3 Davis began his Army career in 2004 as a unit supply specialist in the Army Reserves. In 2006, he entered active duty service as a trombonist in the 82nd Airborne Division Band in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and deployed with the band from 2007 to 2008 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Other assignments include the 434th Signal Corps Band of Fort Gordon, Georgia, and the 25th Infantry Division Band of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he was accepted into the Army Warrant Officer/Bandmaster Program. Davis’ awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), NATO ISAF Service Medal, the Meritorious Unit Award, Basic Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge. Chief Warrant Officer Davis holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Military Technology Leadership and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Thomas Edison University. He studied music at Florida A&M University where he was a member of the renowned “Marching 100” Marching Band. CW3 Davis is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and the Adjutant General Corps Regimental Association.

Additional Directors

SGM Andrew Layton

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