ESCANABA - Tickets are quickly running out for the Jazz Ambassadors - America's Big Band concert to be held in Escanaba next weekend.
The free concert, sponsored by the Daily Press, will take place Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Escanaba Upper Elementary School (formerly the Escanaba Junior High School), located at 1500 Ludington St.
The Jazz Ambassadors - America's Big Band, one of the United States Army Field Band's four performing groups, is the official touring big band of the United States Army.
The Daily Press has a limited number of free tickets available for the concert. Those interested in attending should call the Daily Press office at 786-2021 to see if there are still tickets left. As of Wednesday afternoon only approximately 100 tickets were available. As usual, non-perishable donations will be accepted.
"We do a can drive for this event and it always brings in a ton of food for our local food banks," said Daily Press Advertising Director Ann Troutman, who added this year, the concert will also have a Salvation Army kettle on site for those who may have forgotten to bring canned goods or want to make a donation to the Salvation Army.
"It's a great event. The music is always top-notch. The acoustics in the building are great, and we're excited to have them again," said Troutman.
The 19-member Jazz Ambassadors - America's Big Band ensemble was formed in 1969 and is designed to entertain all types of audiences. The group's repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections, according to the group's website.
The band has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe.