The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., will give a free public performances at the Clover School District Auditorium Friday, Aug. 29.
The performance begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call the auditorium at 803-222-8018 for tickets.
The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the U.S. Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing jazz.
After a brief, congressional mandated hiatus the Jazz Ambassadors are on the road once again in a special summer concert tour.
“We are proud to sponsor the Jazz Ambassadors and are honored to have been selected as a concert site for this summer tour,” says CSDA program director David Yandle.
“The band selected Clover as a concert site because of our tremendous community support. They were disappointed over the mandated cancellation of their previous tour and wanted to return to the area to thank patrons for their continued support. This is the first tour since travel restrictions were lifted and we are grateful to have them return to our community,” Yandle said.
The band’s 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.
Master Sergeant Marva J. Lewis, vocalist with the Jazz Ambassadors, is from Denison, Texas. She attended Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, on a choir scholarship and graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
In 1989, she joined the United States Army as a petroleum supply specialist. From 1990-1991, she served three campaigns in the Persian Gulf War with the 15th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas.
While serving in Korea and singing karaoke at a unit function, she was heard by the Republic of Korea head of Army Entertainment and recruited to tour Korea.
After performing at more than 50 military installations in the United States, Panama, Puerto Rico and Germany, she returned to Fort Hood, Texas, in 1994 as a vocalist with the 1st Cavalry Division Band. In 1995, she was selected as the featured vocalist with the Jazz Knights of the U.S. Military Academy Band and reassigned to West Point, N.Y. She joined the Jazz Ambassadors in September 1999.
The Jazz Ambassadors’ summer concert in Clover is sponsored by Clover School District Auditorium.