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Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Pick

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, Dixieland, 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’s rigorous touring schedule and reputation for excellence has earned it the title “America’s Big Band.”

Conductor's Bio

Originally from New Windsor, New York, Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Pick earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College. Before joining the United States Army, CW2 Pick spent five years as a public school music teacher in New York and Ohio, and since then his assignments have included the USAREUR Band and Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany, the 323D Army Band in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and most recently at the 392D Army Band at Ft. Lee, Virginia, where he served as Commander and Bandmaster.

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