The Army’s ‘Jazz Ambassadors’ are celebrated as one of the best big bands in the world. They represent America’s original art form, known as jazz. And while they dress in full uniforms, they still swing!
Soloist Sgt. 1st Class Randy Wight and the Jazz Ambassadors perform Frank Sinatra’s “I Believe In You” in Connecticut on Spring Tour in 2019. The group features trombones, trumpets, saxophones, drums, piano, and upright bass.
Sgt. 1st Class Randy Wight stands in front of the band and delivers his best Sinatra impression, hitting all the right notes with style just like the ‘Chairman of the Board’ used to do.
The classic tune was featured on Frank Sinatra and Count Basie’s 1964 album “It Might as Well Be Swing.” The recording was arranged by legend Quincy Jones and featured the timeless hit ‘Fly Me to the Moon.’
Sinatra and Count Basie had collaborated before on their 1962 album ‘Sinatra-Basie.’ The 1962 album featured a salute to Louis Armstrong when Sinatra sang ‘Hello Dolly.’
The United States Army Field Band tours worldwide out of Washington, D.C., playing over 400 concerts annually. The band is stationed at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. The band leads the Presidential Inaugural Parade every four years.
The band was established in 1946 to promote better relations with the American public. The members pass a rigorous audition to be considered for membership. The group comprises the Concert band, Soldier’s Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors, and Six-String Soldiers.