USAF Jazz Ensemble to Perform April 10 at WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. — The United States Air Force Commanders Jazz Ensemble
will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 10 on the Washington State
University campus. The concert, set for Kimbrough Music Hall, Room 101, is
open to the public without charge.

The jazz ensemble is the 11-piece big band of the USAF Band of the Golden
West. Under direction of Master Sgt. David Snider, the ensemble is considered
one of the finest of its kind on the West Coast, said Gregory Yasinitsky,
coordinator of WSU jazz studies.

“Music ranging from the Big Band sound of the ’40s through the
hand-pounding jazz styles of today ensures an exciting concert that will rouse
audiences of all musical tastes,” he said.

Established in 1959 as a component of the North American Air Defense
Command Band, the ensemble was subsequently merged with the Air Force
Band of the Golden Gate in 1979 at Travis Air Force Base, Calif.

The group has extensively toured the western United States and has appeared
on numerous radio and television shows. It has performed in New York City’s
Carnegie Hall.

The program will include several arrangements commissioned by the
Commanders and written especially for the group by Yasinitsky.