Artist Spotlight: Airmen of note
The 2019 Eau Claire Jazz Festival welcomes the Airmen of Note!
Based in Washington D.C., the Airmen of Note is the premiere jazz ensemble of the United States Airforce, and one of the six ensembles that form the U.S. Airforce Band. The group was formed in 1950 as a continuation of the military dance band tradition started by Major Glenn Miller, a legendary bandleader and trombonist of the swing era.
The Note is comprised of eighteen active duty Airmen who perform together around the world on deployment as well as across the U.S. on annual tours. The group also regularly performs in the D.C. area, and forms the Airmen of Note Combo for more intimate occasions.
The prolific group has garnered widespread respect as one of the world’s top jazz bands. Some of their accolades include a discography of over 40 albums, performances and recordings with stars like Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Severinsen, and Nancy Wilson, commissioned works from top composers such as Bob Florence, Bob Mintzer, and Sammy Nestico, and reaching the #2 spot in the JazzWeek jazz chart for their holiday recording of “Cool Yule.”
As their mission, the Airmen of Note represents the excellence demonstrated by Airmen stationed across the world through excellence in their craft. They honor those who serve, seek to inspire patriotism and service in American citizens, and impact the global community in a positive direction on the behalf of the United States Airforce.
The Note will be performing at this year's festival directly after the headline concert on Friday, located in the RCU theatre at the Pablo Center. This concert will open to the public as a part of 52nd street! The festival will hear them once again in the 4:00 p.m. awards concert on Saturday. We at Jazz Inc. can’t wait to hear from this world-class big band right here in Eau Claire!