The Townsend Center for the Performing Arts at the University of West Georgia kicks off its 2010-2011 season on Thursday, Sept. 16 with one of the nation's premier service ensembles, the Army Ground Forces Band, based at Fort McPherson, Ga.
The band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reserved seating is available by calling 678-839-4722.
The only Army band with a combat distinction from the president, the Army Ground Forces Band serves as the musical ambassador of the American combat soldier. The Jazz Guardians, a 21-member big band, tours the country from coast to coast showcasing a rich musical heritage.
Paying tribute to the big bands of yesteryear, the Jazz Guardians incorporates the work of artists such as Louis Bellson, Cab Calloway, Bill Watrous, and Jamey Abersold. In addition to performing standards by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and Woody Herman, the ensemble presents innovative works by today's most popular composers.
For more information call 678-839-4722 or visit ww.townsendcenter.org.
Season sponsors of the Townsend Center programs are: Live Art At the Townsend Center; Carroll Symphony Orchestra Foundation; Community Foundation of West Georgia; the family of Dr. Richard L. Dangle; Dr. Chester & Mrs. Faye Gibson; the Georgia Council for the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts and South Arts.