The free concert is set for 3 p.m. in the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium on the Cleveland State Community College campus. It is co-sponsored by the Cleveland Daily Banner and Cleveland State.
Although big band music lovers face no admission to the lively event, tickets are required — at least until 15 minutes before the concert’s start, at which time the general public will be allowed through the doors with or without a ticket.
Tickets may be ordered by mail or picked up in person; however, because of the timing — the concert is only a few days away — those planning to attend should consider picking them up in person on the CSCC campus. Tickets can be obtained from the CSCC Administration Building front desk or at the school’s library.
Those still wishing to order them by mail may do so by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Cleveland State Community College, P.O. Box 3570, Cleveland, TN 37320-3570, and enclose a coupon from the Cleveland Daily Banner specifying the number of tickets requested. Each coupon order is good for a maximum of four tickets.
The Airmen of Note jazz ensemble is one of eight performing units of the United States Air Force Band based in Washington, D.C. The band was originally to carry on the tradition of Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps dance band. The Airmen of Note is one of today’s few touring bands. It includes 18 professional musicians.
One of the musicians is a Cleveland native and Lee University graduate who performs with the jazz group as the split-lead trumpeter. He is Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Burns.
Burns has performed with such notable artists as Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Diane Schurr, Jack Jones, Vic Damone, Cab Calloway, Burt Bacharach, Al Hirt, Phil Driscoll, The Lettermen, Rita Moreno, The Temptations and the Four Tops.
After his musical studies at Lee University, Burns attended Oral Roberts University, after which his musical career took off. He became lead trumpeter with the nationally televised “Richard Roberts Live” and “Expect A Miracle” TV shows in Tulsa. He also was a featured soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, the Oklahoma Synphonia/Tulsa Pops, the Tulsa Ballet, the Bartlesville Symphony and the Ms. Oklahoma Pageant Orchestra.
The Airmen of Note for years have traveled nationally bringing their brand of big band entertainment to large audiences of all ages and in a variety of cities.
Anyone wishing to attend the concert, but who has not picked up tickets by Sunday, will be allowed inside the concert doors beginning at 2:45 p.m.
Questions about the concert may be directed to Cleveland State.