Renowned "Shades of Blue" Concert: Get Your Tickets Today!

Attention jazz lovers! UACCM is sponsoring the renowned “Shades of Blue” Jazz Ensemble in a special free community concert on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. in H.B. White Auditorium at Morrilton High School. “Shades of Blue” is a group of 18 professional musicians enlisted in the United States Air Force whose repertoire ranges from traditional big band jazz to bebop and swing to modern jazz. The group is based in St. Louis, Mo.

Concerts include contemporary jazz works as well as the classic sounds of artists such as Count Basie and Glenn Miller, and several of the band’s members are also gifted writers and arrangers—their compositions often featured during concerts. “Shades of Blue” has backed many jazz greats including Sammy Nestico, Bobby Shew, Toni Tennille, Tex Benecke, Shelley Berg, Carmen Bradford, and others. The band also regularly performs and teaches master classes at high school and collegiate jazz clinics and festivals throughout the Midwest.

Occasionally, the ensemble marches onto home plate or center court to play the national anthem for professional sports teams like the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and Milwaukee Bucks, and has performed before many sold-out crowds throughout Mid-America. Whether performing for a head of state, before a capacity crowd in northern Wisconsin, or for troops at home and abroad, “Shades of Blue” reflects the heritage and pride of this nation.

The concert is being offered free, but tickets are required for entrance.
Advance tickets can be reserved by contacting Jacob Ward at or at (501) 977-2142. Tickets are also available at the Information Desk in the University Center. A limited number of tickets will be offered at the door prior to the event, and seating for the concert will be held on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for advance ticketholders.

Hope to see you there!


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