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BCF Press Release



November 16, 2015

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Three BCF students were invited to perform alongside the Jazz Ambassadors as part of the program.

On November 6, The United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors arrived on the campus of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville to present a thrilling performance that will not soon be forgotten. The doors opened at 6:00 p.m., as people of all ages filed into the BCF Wellness Center to witness and enjoy the captivating concert by some of the Army’s finest.

The evening began with an inspiring welcome from BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen and an opening performance by the delightful BCF Jazz Band directed by Associate Professor of Music Ron Branning. Following a brief intermission, the audience settled in with great anticipation as the Jazz Ambassadors made their way to the center stage. The band was introduced and their opening arrangement was “The Star Spangled Banner” with students from Chipley High School’s JROTC Color Guard presenting the colors. The Jazz Ambassadors performed for over an hour heartwarming and breathtaking selections covering 100 years of jazz and big band music. One of the highlights of the evening included the presentation of the patriotic poem “Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash, with a standing ovation at the end.

Several impressive compositions throughout the night earned a rousing applause and brought the audience to their feet; however, there was nothing quite like the emotions felt during the presentation of the “Armed Forces Salute” featuring the service songs of each branch of the armed forces. As the musical tributes were played and the service men and women were honored, the emotion and sense of patriotism was enormous. The band graciously honored each branch of the military, one-by-one, recognizing the men and women, and their family members, that are currently serving, previously served, and those that sacrificially gave their lives serving.

For three BCF students the concert was even more memorable as they had the opportunity to perform alongside the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors. For the students, the Ambassadors chose a new selection composed in honor of the creator of “Peanuts” Charles M. Schulz. This selection is part of the Ambassadors’ Perspectives: Resources for Jazz Education series which provides free sheet music to help aid in Music Education throughout the nation. The selection featured BCF Students Andrew King on the trumpet, Maxie Boles on the Trombone, and Matthew Bryan on the saxophone.

The Jazz Ambassadors closed the performance by leading the crowd in singing “God Bless America.” For everyone involved, the performance was a wonderful experience, as visitors came from miles around to hear the exceptional musical talents of the United States Army Jazz Ambassadors.

To learn more about upcoming musical events at The Baptist College of Florida, call 800.328.2660 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.