The U.S. Army Concert Band presents a free community concert. Due to the popularity of this concert, we encourage patrons to claim their free ticket in advance.
This performance is free and open to the public; tickets required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes before performance for ticket holders. All remaining seats will be released for non-ticket holders 15 minutes before the performance.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Providing a musical backdrop for many of the nation’s most notable events, The U.S. Army Concert Band has a worldwide reputation for extraordinary musicianship.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, The U.S. Army Concert Band has performed in concert venues such as Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Hollywood Bowl. The ensemble participates in ongoing, educational outreach and often appears at national and international music events, including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Music Educators National Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.
During the summer months, the Concert Band performs outdoor concerts on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol and at venues throughout the Washington, D.C., area. Regular concerts are offered during the cooler months at The United States Army Band’s home, Brucker Hall, located on historic Fort Myer, in Arlington, Virginia.
In an effort to promote international goodwill, the 65-piece, traditional concert band has performed joint concerts with the Soviet Army, the Russian Navy, and the Ukrainian Navy bands, and has appeared in military tattoos in Scotland, Sweden, Holland, Norway, Australia, and Japan. The Concert Band’s 2011 and 2012 goodwill exchange concert tours with the Military Band of the PLA of China, entitled Friendship and Cooperation Through Music, is indicative of the importance these musical ambassadors play in matters of international diplomacy and outreach.
The musicians in this elite ensemble have been trained at some of the most prestigious music conservatories and universities in the country. Displaying their versatility, the Concert Band members perform a variety of styles, ranging from classical to popular. The communicative power of The U.S. Army Concert Band is greatly enhanced when combined with other musical elements of “Pershing’s Own.”
Learn more at www.usarmyband.com.
Guest artist Adam Booker presents a recital featuring a variety of works for the double bass.
MEET THE ARTIST
Celebrating the release of his debut CD as a bandleader, Unraveled Rival, a collection of original tunes and arrangements of more non-traditional repertoire, ADAM BOOKER is becoming an increasingly visible bassist and jazz educator in the Midwest.
Booker served as a bassist in the U.S. Navy, where he was assigned to U.S. Navy Band New Orleans until the end of his enlistment in 2005. During his enlistment, Booker had the opportunity to delve into New Orleans’ rich musical culture. He became a member of The Hot Club of New Orleans, The Rob Block Quintet, and The Devin Phillips Quintet. He has performed with a wide variety of today’s modern jazz up-and-comers, including Patrick Cornelius, Davy Mooney, and Maurice Brown.
Adam Booker has also shared the stage with several of jazz’s great masters, including Al Grey, Frank Foster, John Fedchock, Russel Malone, Butch Miles, Ignacio Berroa, Arthur Latin, and Diana Krall, as well as pop music icon, Elvis Costello.
Upon his Honorable Discharge from the Navy, Booker returned to central Texas and became a staple in the Austin music scene, performing with the Kris Kimura Quartet, as well as various other groups. Booker has also had the privilege of studying with many great bassists, including, Francois Rabbath, Eric Revis of the Branford Marsalis Quartet and the legendary Milt Hinton, as well as members of the San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Booker earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Double Bass Performance from the University of Texas, Austin. He also holds a Master of Music in Composition and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Texas State University, San Marcos. He recently served as assistant professor of applied bass and jazz studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is now assistant professor of double bass at the Mariam Canon Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
Learn more at www.adambookeronbass.com.