|The United States Air National Guard Band of the South, in conjunction with the City of Alcoa’s Centennial celebration, will be presenting a holiday concert at Clayton Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Maryville College, in Maryville, TN on Saturday, December 7 at 7:00 pm. The concert will include performances by both the Concert Band and Blue Groove jazz ensemble, and will be a mixture of both festive holiday music and patriotic works. The performance is family-friendly and open to the public, free of charge.|
Air National Bands are the active duty bands’ counterpart in the Air National Guard Band. Headquartered in Knoxville, TN, the Air National Guard Band of the South is the official musical ambassador for the Tennessee Air National Guard. The Band of the South’s mission is two-fold: first, to enhance and lift the morale and espirit de corps of our fellow Airmen stationed either in the United States or abroad; second, to increase the public’s understanding of the importance of air power, the missions and programs of the Air Force and Air National Guard and the bravery, sacrifice and dedication of Airmen across the globe. While performing these missions, members of the Band of the South have performed in almost every state in the union as well as being deployed to Germany, Kandahar, Afghanistan and more. The Air National Guard Band of the South supports the total Air Force and Air National Guard mission in war and peace by inspiring patriotism and fostering a deep appreciation of the rich history and legacy of the Air Force.
The Band of the South’s Concert Band is the oldest and largest of the Band of the South’s seven performing components. This elite 35-member instrumental ensemble, formed in 1973, has thrilled audiences all over America’s southeastern states as well as Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Maine and Alaska. The Concert Band presents a powerful and diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music and patriotic selections, as well as highlighting instrumental and vocal soloists.
The Blue Groove Jazz Ensemble generates a unique excitement through the performance of America’s only original art form: Jazz. The ensemble mixes the sounds of yesteryear with the contemporary music of today. From Glenn Miller big band arrangements to