A spring tour through the South and Midwest will bring the premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force to two stops in the Tennessee Valley.
The Airmen of Note will play Sunday on the campus of Cleveland State Community College and Monday at Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga.
One of eight performing units of the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., the 18-member big band was created in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Glenn Miller's Army Air Corps dance band.
The "Note" tours the United States twice a year and has an extensive record of international touring and performances at jazz festivals. Since 1990, the musicians have shared the stage with such jazz icons as Clark Terry and Ron Carter in its acclaimed Jazz Heritage Series in Washington, D.C. Their commitment to musical excellence also has led to collaborations, recordings and performances with such luminaries as Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan and Doc Severinsen.
Throughout the band's history, the Glenn Miller sound has remained a constant, but the nod to tradition also embodies cutting-edge innovation for a contemporary style of big-band jazz.
What: Airmen of Note in concert.
When and where: 3 p.m. Sunday in L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium, Cleveland State Community College, 3535 Adkisson Drive, Cleveland, Tenn.; 7:30 p.m. Monday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave.
Admission: Free but tickets required.
Sunday show in Cleveland
Cleveland State Community College, D.F. Adkisson Administration Building front desk, 3535 Adkisson Drive, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today. 423-472-7141, 800-604-2722
Cleveland State Community College Library, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 423-478-6209.
Monday show in Chattanooga
Senior Master Sgt. Kevin R. Burns is the split lead trumpeter with the Airmen of Note. Originally from Cleveland, Tenn., he began his music studies at Lee University, touring Europe and the Eastern United States with campus music groups. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in performance and Master of Business Administration at Oral Roberts University. Since 1988 Burns has arranged and recorded horn tracks for 60-plus contemporary Christian albums and many commercial/jingle projects, including several for ESPN and ABC Sports. He began his Air Force career in 1993 when he was assigned to the Band of the West, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He previously performed with Lackland's NightHawk jazz ensemble and the Air Force Band of the Rockies' Falconaires. See his complete bio at www.usafband.af.mil