Airmen of Note jazz up GABBF

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  • By Staff Sgt. Chad Strohmeyer
  • 11th Wing Public Affairs
Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble with the U.S. Air Force Band performed several times this past weekend at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, Kentucky.

Collaborating with several jazz artists such as Wycliffe Gordon, Al Hood, and Rex Richardson, the band showcased their talent and dedication to thousands of patrons.

"This type of event fits our mission statement perfectly," said Master Sgt. Tyler Kuebler Airmen of Note music director. "To come here and inspire patriotism, support those who have served and continue to serve allows us to show America what the Air Force is all about."

The festival, which brings in approximately 40,000 people every year, has been held in Danville, Kentucky, since 1990 and features a wide variety of musicians, food and Americana. With this being the bands first appearance at the GABBF, giving a great first-impression was vital.

"The fact we were able to collaborate with so many internationally-renowned artists lets everyone know the level of excellence each member possesses," said Kuebler. "We took this very seriously and spent a lot of time rehearsing each performance."

With several great musicians packed in to one place, the crowds definitely got their money's worth.

"The crowd interaction has been fantastic," said Tech. Sgt. Paige Wroble, Airmen of Note vocalist. "A lot of people attended and I saw several of children enjoying themselves as well."

After the performances, band members shared laughs and photos with attendees.

"We get to do what we love," said Wroble. "We were born to do this and feel honored to share it with the world."