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Band announces 2008 Guest Artist Series at DAR Constitution Hall

Posted 11/14/2007   Updated 1/22/2008 Email story   Print story

    

11/14/2007 - BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, D.C. -- Country music legend Restless Heart headlines the season opener of The United States Air Force Band' s 2008 Guest Artist Series at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. This season's series is sure to be one of the most exciting yet! It includes four concerts with some of the most talented artists in the music industry:

February 10th - Country music legend Restless Heart; broadcaster/journalist, MaryTherese Tebbe, guest emcee 
February 17th - Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro; jazz radio host Dick Golden, guest emcee
February 24th - Award-winning baritone Jubilant Sykes; ABC News Channel 7's Maureen Bunyan, guest emcee 
March 2nd - World-renowned brass quintet Empire Brass; NASA astronaut Colonel Alvin Drew, guest emcee

Each concert begins at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public - no tickets are required. Doors open at 2 p.m. the day of the concert. DAR Constitution Hall is located at 1776 D Street NW in Washington, DC. For more information, call the USAF Band concert line the week before each concert at (202) 767-5658, or call DAR's event line at (202) 628-4780.

Restless HeartRestless Heart - February 10
When Restless Heart parted ways for what they believed to be the last time in 1994, they were leaving behind a true musical legacy, a decade of fulfilled dreams that most aspiring artists barely dare to hope for, a blazing trail of hit songs that any band would die for, and a crown as one of country music's most elite groups of an era. No other band was able to so consistently turn out a string of hits so instantly identifiable - the intertwining vocal blend led by Larry Stewart, and the deftly sweeping keyboards of David Innis in concert with the masterful guitar of Greg Jennings, all backed by the steady rhythm section of drummer John Dittrich and Paul Gregg on bass. Today, driven by the musical force that brought them together 20 years ago, and with the release of their latest album, Still Restless, they continue to lead the pack by choosing songs of conviction and maturity and recording with innovative creativity.

Jake ShimabukuroJake Shimabukuro - February 17
Renowned for lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques, Jake Shimabukuro views the ukulele as an "untapped source of music with unlimited potential." Playing jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco, and rock, Jake's mission is to show the ukulele's versatility beyond just Hawaiian music. A true showman, he captivates audiences with intricate strumming and plucking, electrifying, high-energy grooves and smooth, melodic ballads evoking heartfelt emotion. He has toured with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and Jimmy Buffett, and his first national television performance aired in December 2005 on NBC's The Late Show with Conan O'Brien. Once referred to as the "Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele," Jake Shimabukuro is well-known throughout the Hawaiian Islands and Japan for his musical accomplishments, but he is perhaps equally well-known for his outgoing personality and warm heart.

Jubilant SykesJubilant Sykes - February 24
A classically trained baritone whose career has already taken him to the Metropolitan Opera, the great music festivals of Europe and concert halls across the U.S., the American singer Jubilant Sykes has created a diverse and personal approach to singing in his distinctive career. Much in demand as a classical soloist with orchestras, Jubilant Sykes has performed under the direction of such noted conductors as Lorin Maazel, Raymond Leppard, David Zinman, Andrew Litton and Christoph Eschenbach. He won first place in the regional Metropolitan Opera auditions in Los Angeles and went on to make his Met debut as Jake in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess during the company's 1990-91 season. In addition to his work at the Met, Sykes has appeared with the Deutsche Opera Berlin and the Houston Grand Opera, as well as other U.S. opera companies.

Empire BrassEmpire Brass - March 2
The Empire Brass enjoys an international reputation as North America's finest brass quintet, renowned for its brilliant virtuosity and the unparalleled diversity of its repertoire. The five musicians - all of whom have held leading positions with major American orchestras - perform over 100 concerts a year in cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington, London, Zurich and Tokyo. With their best-selling recordings on the Telarc label they have introduced an even larger audience worldwide to the excitement of brass music that ranges from Bach and Handel to jazz and Broadway.



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