Air Force jazz band to hold concert Feb. 9 event free at Sterett Hall

The Air Force Heritage of America Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Sterett Hall Auditorium on the former Charleston Naval Base.

The North Charleston Cultural Arts Department hosts a free evening concert by the Air Force Heritage of America Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Sterett Hall Auditorium on the former Charleston Naval Base.

The concert will feature 12 professional airmen-musicians from Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Va., who have earned acclaim and military distinction. The band’s repertoire includes jazz and fusion, big band swing and contemporary music.

Paying homage to the great big bands of yesteryear, Rhythm in Blue also highlights the work of modern bands such as the Mingus Big Band, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra and John Fedchock New York Big Band.

Activated in 1941, The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band and its various breakout groups travel throughout the mid-Atlantic region, presenting more than 300 events annually.

For more information, visit www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil.

The concert is free, but advance tickets are required with a limit of six per person.

Obtain tickets by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope with request to: Tickets, City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, P.O. Box 190016, North Charleston, S.C. 29419-9016.

Mailed requests must be received by Feb. 2. Tickets also are available 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday from the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office on the second floor of North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane.