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Airmen of Note
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The Airmen of Note, The United States Air Forceís premier Jazz ensemble, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Glenn Millerís Army Air Corps dance band, the Airmen of Note took on a more contemporary approach under the direction of Sammy Nestico in the mid-fifties. Under the guidance of Senior Master Sergeant Mike Crotty, chief arranger since the early Ď70s, The Note has stayed the course set by Miller and Nestico, and has commissioned works by such renowned composer/arrangers as Bob Florence and Bob Mintzer. Nestico and another well-known alumnus, Tommy Newsom have also contributed works.

A leading force in music education, the Airmen of Note performs and adjudicates at music conventions and Jazz festivals throughout the country.

Recent festival performances include Detroit/Montreux Jazz Festival, Notre Dame Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Wichita Jazz Festival, and the Pensacola Jazz Festival.

Since many Airmen of Note members are accomplished technicians with extensive backgrounds in music education, the ensemble provides clinics at high schools and colleges all over the country, and are often invited to perform at national music conventions for leading music organizations, including the International Association of Jazz Educators; Music Educators National Conference; and the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

As one of the few touring big bands in the U.S., The Airmen of Note has attracted 18 excellent musicians, performing community relations concerts all over the country in the Spring and Fall.

At home in the Washington, DC. Area, The Note performs regularly during its Summer in the Park and Jazz Heritage concert series.

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