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Operating as usual

01/19/2022
"Vine Street Rumble" from "Kansas City Suite"

ONE MORE TIME! | Here’s a peek at our concert closer from the recent Jazz Education Network contest, featuring Mr. Ted Nash and impromptu guest- JEN president and friend of the ‘Note, Mr. Sean Jones! Since we couldn’t bring the full band, Master Sgt. Luke Brandon was able to reduce Benny Carter’s “Vine Street Rumble” (from the Count Basie album “Kansas City Suite”) down for four horns, and it was still a knockout of a chart. It was a great exclamation point to a fun concert and always a treat to hear our two guests!

Video by Chief Master Sgt. Brian MacDonald

#bigband #BennyCarter #JEN2022 #USAFBand #AirmenOfNote

01/19/2022
"Vine Street Rumble" from "Kansas City Suite"

ONE MORE TIME! | Here’s a peek at our concert closer from the recent Jazz Education Network contest, featuring Mr. Ted Nash and impromptu guest- JEN president and friend of the ‘Note, Mr. Sean Jones! Since we couldn’t bring the full band, Master Sgt. Luke Brandon was able to reduce Benny Carter’s “Vine Street Rumble” (from the Count Basie album “Kansas City Suite”) down for four horns, and it was still a knockout of a chart. It was a great exclamation point to a fun concert and always a treat to hear our two guests!

Video by Chief Master Sgt. Brian MacDonald

#bigband #BennyCarter #JEN2022 #USAFBand #AirmenOfNote

CALLING ALL COMPOSERS! | We are looking for YOUR new music! The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note are callin...
01/11/2022

CALLING ALL COMPOSERS! | We are looking for YOUR new music! The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note are calling all jazz big band writers to submit for a chance to win the 25th Annual Sammy Nestico Award. Spread the word about this great opportunity to have your music played by one of the top big bands in the world! The winning composition or commission will be premiered at an Airmen of Note concert.

Requirements: An unpublished work for jazz ensemble instrumentation (5,4,4,4). Style and form are unrestricted. The length of the composition should not exceed 9 minutes.

Eligibility: Citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States, age 39 or younger as of January 1, 2022. Current military personnel (whether Active Duty, Guard or Reserve) and civilian employees of the U.S. Government are not eligible to apply.

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Entry Materials: Please send score and parts, with the applicant's name removed from all. PDFs via email are greatly preferred. Hard copies are acceptable, but do not send original scores; entry materials will not be returned. Please include a reference recording: live recordings are greatly preferred, but MIDI versions will be accepted. The composer will retain all ownership/publication rights. The U.S. Air Force Band will neither publish nor distribute compositions or arrangements. All applicants should send email correspondence to: [email protected]

Award: $2400 follow-up commission. The winning composition or commission will be premiered at an Airmen of Note concert.

#USAFBand #bigband #composer #newmusic #sammynestico

CALLING ALL COMPOSERS! | We are looking for YOUR new music! The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note are calling all jazz big band writers to submit for a chance to win the 25th Annual Sammy Nestico Award. Spread the word about this great opportunity to have your music played by one of the top big bands in the world! The winning composition or commission will be premiered at an Airmen of Note concert.

Requirements: An unpublished work for jazz ensemble instrumentation (5,4,4,4). Style and form are unrestricted. The length of the composition should not exceed 9 minutes.

Eligibility: Citizens and legal permanent residents of the United States, age 39 or younger as of January 1, 2022. Current military personnel (whether Active Duty, Guard or Reserve) and civilian employees of the U.S. Government are not eligible to apply.

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Entry Materials: Please send score and parts, with the applicant's name removed from all. PDFs via email are greatly preferred. Hard copies are acceptable, but do not send original scores; entry materials will not be returned. Please include a reference recording: live recordings are greatly preferred, but MIDI versions will be accepted. The composer will retain all ownership/publication rights. The U.S. Air Force Band will neither publish nor distribute compositions or arrangements. All applicants should send email correspondence to: [email protected]

Award: $2400 follow-up commission. The winning composition or commission will be premiered at an Airmen of Note concert.

#USAFBand #bigband #composer #newmusic #sammynestico

ABOUT LAST NIGHT | What a great time we had at the Jazz Education Network Conference last night! Following a star-studde...
01/08/2022

ABOUT LAST NIGHT | What a great time we had at the Jazz Education Network Conference last night! Following a star-studded show paying tribute to the legendary Roy Hargrove, the 'Note Septet played a set with our special guest, Ted Nash. Featuring some staples from the pen of Benny Carter, Slide Hampton, and Mr. Nash himself, we played to a packed house of true jazz listeners! A special highlight was a duet between Technical Sgt. Chris Ziemba and Mr. Nash paying tribute to their friend and mentor, pianist Frank Kimbrough, who we recently lost. The energy in the room was electric, with all of the members of the band really dealing! Topping off the evening was an impromptu solo by friend of the band, and JEN president, Mr. Sean Jones! Thanks to JEN and all the people whose hard work made it happen this year despite extenuating circumstances. See you at the next one!

📸: by Chief Master Sgt. Brian Macdonald

#JEN2020 #jazz #airforce

COME SAY HELLO! | We are having a blast at this year's Jazz Education Network conference in Dallas! If you happen to be ...
01/08/2022

COME SAY HELLO! | We are having a blast at this year's Jazz Education Network conference in Dallas! If you happen to be at the conference, we are in booth 117, and have plenty of recordings and other cool swag! Members from The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note will be here during all exhibition hours, and we're looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.

See you at booth 117!

#AirmenOfNote #Jazz #BigBand #Dallas

COME SAY HELLO! | We are having a blast at this year's Jazz Education Network conference in Dallas! If you happen to be at the conference, we are in booth 117, and have plenty of recordings and other cool swag! Members from The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note will be here during all exhibition hours, and we're looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.

See you at booth 117!

#AirmenOfNote #Jazz #BigBand #Dallas

THE TOP BRASS | Members from our brass section led a clinic on the finer points of big band playing today at the Jazz Ed...
01/07/2022

THE TOP BRASS | Members from our brass section led a clinic on the finer points of big band playing today at the Jazz Education Network conference here in Dallas! Chief Master Sgt. Brian MacDonald and Master Sgts. Luke Brandon and Kevin Cerovich fielded questions ranging from lead trumpet playing to what it’s like playing and developing a trombone section sound. Thanks for being an interactive audience!
If you’re at the conference, please stop by our exhibit booth to say hey!

(Photos by Technical Sgt. Mike Cemprola)

#bigband #leadtrumpet #brass #airmenofnote #jazz

ON THE ROAD AGAIN | In the spirit of improvisation, the Airmen of Note have made a small tweak to our appearance at the ...
01/05/2022

ON THE ROAD AGAIN | In the spirit of improvisation, the Airmen of Note have made a small tweak to our appearance at the Jazz Education Network Conference this week in Dallas, Texas. Instead of the full big band, the ‘Note is hitting the road as a septet…with a special guest. Our concert this Friday at 10:10 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency Landmark Ballroom will feature our recent Jazz Heritage Series guest, saxophonist/composer Ted Nash! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the band in a smaller format with new arrangements and Mr. Nash! Here’s a shot of the band squeezing in a quick rehearsal this morning before we head to the Lone Star State.

(Photo by Technical Sgt. Mike Cemprola)
#jazz #improv #JEN #septet

ON THE ROAD AGAIN | In the spirit of improvisation, the Airmen of Note have made a small tweak to our appearance at the Jazz Education Network Conference this week in Dallas, Texas. Instead of the full big band, the ‘Note is hitting the road as a septet…with a special guest. Our concert this Friday at 10:10 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency Landmark Ballroom will feature our recent Jazz Heritage Series guest, saxophonist/composer Ted Nash! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the band in a smaller format with new arrangements and Mr. Nash! Here’s a shot of the band squeezing in a quick rehearsal this morning before we head to the Lone Star State.

(Photo by Technical Sgt. Mike Cemprola)
#jazz #improv #JEN #septet

01/01/2022
"Auld Lang Syne"

CELEBRATE | The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note wishes you a safe and happy New Year! Featuring Master Sgt. Paige Wroble, we hope this rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" helps you ring in 2022. How are you celebrating this evening?

#HappyNewYear #NYE2021 #NewYearNewMe

NEW MUSIC ALERT 🎶 | This past fall, The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note was honored to record a new piece ...
12/27/2021
"Serenity Knows You" by Ted Nash

NEW MUSIC ALERT 🎶 | This past fall, The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note was honored to record a new piece by our friend, the legendary saxophonist/composer Ted Nash. His composition, “Serenity Knows You,” features Technical Sgts. Chris Ziemba and Mike Cemprola (on piano and alto saxophone respectively), as well as the entire ensemble. Highlighting the band’s ability to perform opaquely soft soundscapes as well as soaring tutti sections, the piece is meant to inspire peace and reflection. Thank you, Mr. Nash- we look forward to more collaborations!

#bigband #serenity #TedNash #jazz #newmusic

"Serenity Knows You" is meant to inspire a feeling of inner peace and reflection. I feel, particularly as a result of the pandemic, we are looking for a plac...

12/25/2021
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

MERRY CHRISTMAS | This morning, The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note wishes you a very merry Christmas! We pulled out all the stops with this one. No matter where you're celebrating, we hope this musical presentation helps put you in the spirit of the season!

#merrychristmas #merrychristmas2021 #goodtidings #christmasmusic

SPREADING CHEER 🎷 | Last week, guests taking a holiday tour of the White House got an extra treat as they walked in. A s...
12/22/2021

SPREADING CHEER 🎷 | Last week, guests taking a holiday tour of the White House got an extra treat as they walked in. A saxophone quartet comprised of three sax players from The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note (and our favorite baritone sax sub from the Concert Band) serenaded guests with a program of holiday carols. Master Sgts. Tedd Baker, Kristian Baarsvik, and Technical Sgts. Mike Cemprola and Carolyn Braus are pictured here underneath an archway made out of gift boxes in the East Wing of the White House. Happy Holidays everyone!

#saxquartet #jazz #caroling #WhiteHouse

📸: by Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Ed Teleky

SPREADING CHEER 🎷 | Last week, guests taking a holiday tour of the White House got an extra treat as they walked in. A saxophone quartet comprised of three sax players from The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note (and our favorite baritone sax sub from the Concert Band) serenaded guests with a program of holiday carols. Master Sgts. Tedd Baker, Kristian Baarsvik, and Technical Sgts. Mike Cemprola and Carolyn Braus are pictured here underneath an archway made out of gift boxes in the East Wing of the White House. Happy Holidays everyone!

#saxquartet #jazz #caroling #WhiteHouse

📸: by Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Ed Teleky

12/21/2021
Christmas Carols at the White House

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE | This week, several members of The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note performed several sets of Christmas carols at the White House to help welcome Gold Star families! It was an honor to share holiday cheer with those who have given so much to our country. Please enjoy this clip that includes Technical Sgt. Logan Keese on trumpet and Technical Sgt. Matt Hettwer on trombone!

(Video by Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Burns)

#MerryChristmas #HappyHolidays #GoldStarFamily

12/20/2021
Max Impact rocks around the Christmas tree to "Jingle Bells"

HOLIDAY VIDEO PREMIERE ❄️ | The United States Air Force Band is pleased to present their newest music video release from Max Impact! Joined by members of the Singing Sergeants and the Airmen of Note, this incredible group rocked around the Christmas tree at National Harbor to bring the holiday spirit to your screens. Of course, Santa asked to join in on the fun! He looks a little familiar.... does anyone recognize that Santa Claus?!

This unique rendition of “Jingle Bells,” arranged by Max Impact’s guitarist and music director Technical Sgt. Andy Mowatt, is the flight’s first-ever holiday video release! You’ll want to crank up the speakers for this one and keep an eye on Santa’s antics throughout the video!

#MaxImpactBand #JingleBells #ChristmasMusic #Santa

Jingle Bells
arr. Technical Sgt. Andy Mowatt

Max Impact from The U.S. Air Force Band

Joined by members of:
Airmen of Note from The U.S. Air Force Band
Singing Sergeants from The U.S. Air Force Band

Credits
Colonel Don Schofield - Executive Producer
Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Hoffmann - Producer/Videographer
Senior Master Sgt. Emily Wellington - Assistant Producer/Videographer
Technical Sgt. Aaron Trasatt - Video Editor
Master Sgt. Tim Hilgert - Videographer
Technical Sgt. Carolyn Braus - Videographer
Technical Sgt. Nate Martin - Audio Engineer
Technical Sgt. Pedro Rodríguez Ramírez - Audio Engineer
Technical Sgt. Jim Woolf - Audio Engineer
Technical Sgt. Andy Mowatt - Mixing Engineer

*Special thanks to National Harbor and Deborah Topcik

WHAT’S ON YOUR STAND? | Musicians from elementary school band class to orchestra halls around the world keep more than j...
12/15/2021

WHAT’S ON YOUR STAND? | Musicians from elementary school band class to orchestra halls around the world keep more than just music on their stand. Sometimes it’s just a pencil. Sometimes there might be a metronome…a tuner…a mirror…
Here’s a photo of Master Sgt. Kevin Cerovich’s music stand in our rehearsal hall at home on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. He plays third trombone in The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note and has an assortment of items here.
Sgt. Cerovich explains: “On there I have the usual trombone slide water bottle, plunger, and pencils, which are standard operating equipment. In addition, there is the chart we just performed for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., entitled “Ya Gotta Try.” Also, there is a sketch of one of my trombone heroes, Steve Turre, that I picked up at a previous year's Jazz Education Network conference. This is flanked by two photos circa 2014. One is of myself, Master Sgt. Luke Brandon, and Master Sgt. David McDonald out for a jog on tour in Chicago. The other is my now-aging bulldog, Gina, as a puppy - who happened to win “Best in Show” at the Band’s recent dog show! Other than that, there’s an old Air Force Thunderbirds sticker that was on the stand well before I ever started using it, so I like the heritage of that. There is also a coffee mug, but it is usually on the floor since I don’t have a music stand cup holder like Technical Sgt. Mike Cemprola.”

#musicianlife #bigband #musicians

WHAT’S ON YOUR STAND? | Musicians from elementary school band class to orchestra halls around the world keep more than just music on their stand. Sometimes it’s just a pencil. Sometimes there might be a metronome…a tuner…a mirror…
Here’s a photo of Master Sgt. Kevin Cerovich’s music stand in our rehearsal hall at home on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. He plays third trombone in The United States Air Force Band's Airmen of Note and has an assortment of items here.
Sgt. Cerovich explains: “On there I have the usual trombone slide water bottle, plunger, and pencils, which are standard operating equipment. In addition, there is the chart we just performed for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., entitled “Ya Gotta Try.” Also, there is a sketch of one of my trombone heroes, Steve Turre, that I picked up at a previous year's Jazz Education Network conference. This is flanked by two photos circa 2014. One is of myself, Master Sgt. Luke Brandon, and Master Sgt. David McDonald out for a jog on tour in Chicago. The other is my now-aging bulldog, Gina, as a puppy - who happened to win “Best in Show” at the Band’s recent dog show! Other than that, there’s an old Air Force Thunderbirds sticker that was on the stand well before I ever started using it, so I like the heritage of that. There is also a coffee mug, but it is usually on the floor since I don’t have a music stand cup holder like Technical Sgt. Mike Cemprola.”

#musicianlife #bigband #musicians

PROUD TO SERVE | We are lucky to have Master Sgt. Luke Brandon as the 'Note's music director. Pictured here with our com...
12/07/2021

PROUD TO SERVE | We are lucky to have Master Sgt. Luke Brandon as the 'Note's music director. Pictured here with our commander, Colonel Don Schofield, he takes the oath of enlistment as he enters his 9th year of service! Sgt. Brandon prepares the 'Note's music for each and every concert/recording, spending hundreds of hours behind the scenes making sure that we sound great. (This is in addition to serving as one of the band's great trumpet soloists!)
Congratulations, Master Sgt. Brandon - we are grateful to have you in the pilot's seat!

(Photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Burns)

#Service #Trumpet #BigBand #Reenlist

PROUD TO SERVE | We are lucky to have Master Sgt. Luke Brandon as the 'Note's music director. Pictured here with our commander, Colonel Don Schofield, he takes the oath of enlistment as he enters his 9th year of service! Sgt. Brandon prepares the 'Note's music for each and every concert/recording, spending hundreds of hours behind the scenes making sure that we sound great. (This is in addition to serving as one of the band's great trumpet soloists!)
Congratulations, Master Sgt. Brandon - we are grateful to have you in the pilot's seat!

(Photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Burns)

#Service #Trumpet #BigBand #Reenlist

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Happy Birthday Major Miller
Great first week at radio for the new AON project featuring John Fedchock, Christian McBride and Randy Breaker! Please reach out to your local jazz station and request they play this magnificent cd!
I came across this newspaper article today of my brother as I was going through some old Tole family memorabilia. We were very proud!
Airmen of Note, since my son and daughter joined the jazz bands through junior high and high school time, we've come to love jazz, particularly the swing era. We have an all-city and all-state (alt) jazz bassist and our trombonist. My son's bass instructor was very recently part of the USAFA jazz. He is now up at a UNC Greely for music education and jazz studies. Has the idea of cutting the 1998 In the Mood album, or any of the swing, to an LP come up? It would be awesome to hear the ensemble but with the old school LP crackles. We'd be right there with Maj Miller and the band on our way to victory.
Hi, I am trying to contact Dudley Hinote to inform him of a zoom reunion tomorrow with the 1983 Disney college band members - if anyone here has his contact info, could you please send me a message? Thanks!
Does anyone know whatever happened to that fellow who had, years ago what appeared to be, a complete collection of the Airmen of Note albums available online for download? I kind of remember that he had low-bitrate mp3 files for free and high-bitrate files for a nominal fee. Why is there no centralized library repository for free access to all of the band's audio files?
Where can we stream/download the new "Air Power" album?
This was going to be a month of live, swinging, big band music. Maybe next year. Please stay safe!
Commandant's Own Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, '84-'88... Maj Truman W Crawford was my CO... He was former Air Force in the late 60's, early 70's... You guys sound awesome... Thanks for the invite.
I'm a big fan of SMSgt Brian F. MacDonald's trumpet playing. Could somebody post what horn and mouthpiece he is now using, what methodology he follows, and any tips as to how he maintains his incredible range and sound?
I've been trying to find the chart to the Bass feature, Pennies from Heaven off of the Out in Front album. Which arranger was that and how might I be able to grab that one??
Great concert in Montgomery, AL last night and good to talk with many of you afterwards!