The U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble
The U.S. Army Blues celebrated its 35th Anniversary in 2007. After beginning informally in 1970, The Army Blues became an official part of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in 1972. Over the years it has evolved into the premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Army. As a component of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the Army Blues is one of the few remaining professional big bands working today. Comprised of alumni of prestigious music schools and veterans of the professional music scene, it is an ensemble of the finest jazz musicians in the nation.
In keeping with the tradition of America’s only original art form, jazz, the Army Blues strives to preserve the music of such big band legends as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton. Additionally, many members are accomplished composers and arrangers who contribute their talents by writing for the ensemble—often catering to the musical strengths of the individual band members—much in the style of legendary big band arrangers.