The U.S. Army Blues
The U.S. Army Blues, part of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” is the premier jazz ensemble of the US Army. After informal beginnings in 1970, this 18-piece ensemble became an official element of the Army Band in 1972. The Army Blues strive to fulfill their mission through public concerts, educational outreach, and the preservation of the tradition of America’s unique art form: jazz.
Friday / Jul 29 / 7:30 pm
Lake Accotink Park / Springfield, VA
Fairfax County Parks offers free, family-friendly outdoor entertainment throughout the summer season. Check out The U.S. Army Blues!
Wednesday / Aug 10 / 7 pm
National Harbor, MD
One of our favorite Army Band outdoor concert venues! See you there!
Thursday / Aug 18 / 7:30 pm
Frying Pan Farm Park / Herndon, VA
Come early for a picnic in the park and visit with the farm animals. Then, set up your blanket or chair, sit back and relax, and enjoy the show. Free; no tickets.
Wednesday / Aug 24 / 7:30 pm
Lee District Park / Alexandria, VA
These musical evenings will bring our community together for an enjoyable night out with family and friends. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket and sit back and enjoy the show.
Thursday / Aug 25 / 5 pm
Reston Station / Reston, VA
The U.S. Army Blues Latin Music Ensemble live!
Wednesday / Sep 21 / 7:30 pm
Keystone Korner / Baltimore, MD
American Afro-Cuban drumming legend and composer Ignacio Berroa helps kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. Program will feature a fresh take on standard big band repertoire that highlights cultural contributions of Hispanic composers and arrangers.
The U.S. Army Blues, part of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” is the premier jazz ensemble of the US Army. After informal beginnings in 1970, this 18-piece ensemble became an official element of the Army Band in 1972. Comprised of exceptional jazz musicians from across the nation, the Army Blues strive to fulfill their mission through public concerts, educational outreach, and the preservation of the tradition of America’s unique art form: jazz.
The Army Blues have performed at prestigious venues such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the famous Birdland jazz club in New York City, and the legendary jazz club Blues Alley club in Washington, DC. The band has shared the stage with jazz greats such as Dave Brubeck, Doc Severinsen, Stanley Turrentine, Slide Hampton, Dr. Billy Taylor, Kevin Mahogany, and Terell Stafford. The Army Blues give frequent performances at national conferences such as the Jazz Education Network annual conference, the International Trumpet Guild conference, the International Trombone Conference, and the Music Educators National Conference. The musicians of the Army Blues perform regularly at the White House, the Vice President’s Residence, the State Department, and for high-level military protocol and ceremonial events in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
This group of Soldiers plays a vital role in Army recruiting as part of the Twilight Tattoo performances seen by thousands of tourists each summer in Washington, DC, and surrounding areas. Members of the Army Blues have played for Habitat for Humanity volunteers in New Orleans during the cleanup efforts following Hurricane Katrina. In conjunction with the USO and the office of the Sergeant Major of the Army, individual Soldiers in the band have volunteered to travel to Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan during the holiday season to perform concerts for the troops stationed there.
Serving as musical ambassadors, the Army Blues have conducted numerous clinics at schools and colleges throughout the United States. Members of the Army Blues engage in community educational outreach, working with young musicians in local schools. In collaboration with the Library of Congress, the Army Blues play seldom-performed yet historically significant music from the Library’s jazz archives.
To celebrate their 35th anniversary, the Army Blues recorded a double CD album entitled Blues at Thirty-Five in 2007. This album won two Washington Area Music Awards (“Wammies”) in the categories of Best Big Band Group and Best Big Band Recording. Since that time, the ensemble has recorded Live at Blues Alley, an educational initiative release called Blues Plus You, and a collaborative effort with the Library of Congress entitled Jazz from the Stacks.