The U.S. Army's official touring jazz ensemble, the Jazz Ambassadors, will

give a free performance before Saturday's game. These musicians tour

throughout America and the world giving performances.

The 19-piece Jazz Ambassadors ensemble was created in 1969 and spends 100

days annually traveling and performing. Their repertoire includes pop,

patriotic music, big-band tunes and modern jazz. Each program includes

vocals, standards and ballads.

Musicians for the Jazz Ambassadors are selected through competitive,

personal auditions. Performers come from the country's leading universities

and professional music organizations. Several players in the band are able

to show off their own talents as composers and singers during the


A few of the Jazz Ambassadors' prestigious performances have included a

30-day, 6-city tour of India and a 32-day European tour during which the

band performed in four internationally renowned jazz festivals: the Nice

and Vienne Jazz Festivals in France; the North Sea Jazz Festival in The

Hague, Holland; and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

At 5 p.m. on Saturday, the Jazz Ambassadors will take the stage in the

World's Fair Park Amphitheater.