Jazz lovers delight as the United States Air Force Academy’s Falconaires big band soars into Eastern Michigan University’s Pease Auditorium tomorrow night at 7.
The 18-member Falconaires is one of the Air Force’s two premier jazz ensembles and performs a variety of big band standards mixed with some contemporary jazz music. The ensemble also plays some of the band members’ original compositions and arrangements.
The band comprises highly trained jazz musicians who are enlisted in the United States Air Force, led by Master Sergeant Scott E. Crump. Master Sergeant Crump is a 21-year veteran of the Air Force and has been with the Falconaires since 2003.
Michelle Ripple, music education freshman, is looking forward to attending the show.
“I’ve always wanted to go to a military band instead of a ‘real’ one because they’re good ensembles, and it should be a really good time,” Ripple says.
The Falconaires frequently tour America and Canada, performing and teaching clinics for aspiring jazz musicians. They have appeared at such festivals as the Monterey and Clearwater Jazz Festivals and Musicfest Canada.
The musicians, along with vocalist Technical Sergeant Chrissy Saalborn, are a driving force in the jazz world as they strive to cultivate our national heritage through jazz music. This concert is sure to keep your toes tapping and fingers snapping throughout the evening.
The event is sponsored by the Department of Music & Dance. Admission is free, but tickets are required and are available through the EMU box office.