Preview: The Airmen of Note

The Airmen of Note

Jazz Artistry Now – The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. The band of world-class musicians was created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller‘s band. And, it has a legacy of brilliant composers and arrangers like Sammy Nestico, Mike Crotty, Alan Baylock and Gil Cray among others. Have a listen below:

CD: THE AIRMEN OF NOTE, Released in 2016 
Listen: Track 11 “Bolivia” (7:21)
Composed by Cedar Walton
Arranged by Senior Master Sergeant (retired), Mike Crotty.
Senior Master Sergeant Tyler Kuebler – alto saxophone
Master Sergeant Geoff Reecer – guitar
Master Sergeant Jeff Martin – trombone
(Download all of their music for free.)

This band has its own voice, seemingly can play anything in any style, and there is a documented ceaseless quest among its members for excellence in music while serving the military mission of their unit.

The Airmen of Note has a legacy of performing both, original compositions and refreshing treatments of classic work from past eras. This band reflects jazz artistry now at the highest level. It’s one of America’s best art ensembles – with its members proudly clad in U.S. Air Force uniforms wherever it plays.

We interview Master Sergeant Ben Patterson, the director, and lead trombonist. We have a conversation about the band, its latest release and what it is like to have a job playing music with the United States Air Force Band.