The U.S. Air National Guard Band of the South will present a holiday concert at Clayton Center for the Arts in conjunction with the city of Alcoa’s centennial celebration.

Hosted by Maryville College’s Clayton Center, the performance will be on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and will include performances by both the Concert Band and Blue Groove jazz ensemble. There will be a mixture of festive holiday music and patriotic works.

The free event is family friendly and open to the public, the band said in a statement.

Air National bands are the active duty bands’ counterpart to the Air National Guard Band. Headquartered in Knoxville, the Air National Guard Band of the South is the official musical ambassador for the Tennessee Air National Guard.

The Band of the South’s mission is two-fold, according to the statement.

First it wants to enhance and lift the morale and esprit de corps of airmen and airwomen stationed either in the United States or abroad. Second, it wants to increase the public’s understanding of the importance of air power, the missions and programs of the Air Force and Air National Guard, and the bravery, sacrifice and dedication of airmen across the globe.

While performing these missions, members of the Band of the South have performed in almost every state. They also have been deployed to Germany, Kandahar, Afghanistan and other countries, supporting the total Air Force and Air National Guard mission in war and peace.

The Band of the South’s Concert Band is the oldest and largest of the Band of the South’s seven performing components. The 35-member instrumental ensemble was formed in 1973 and has entertained audiences all over America’s Southeast as well as Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Maine and Alaska.

The Concert Band presents a diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music and patriotic selections, as it highlights instrumental and vocal soloists.

The Blue Groove Jazz Ensemble mixes the jazz with the contemporary music, from Glenn Miller big band arrangements to more recent tunes by artists like Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars.

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