Air National Guard Band Is Patriotic Finale For MKAF Concerts Series

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation closes out their series Thursday, June 24th
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Photo courtesy Air National Guard Band of the South

Strike up the band! Independence Day is coming and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) has just the thing to get you in the spirit.

On Thursday, June 24 MKAF will present the United States Air National Guard Band of the South as part of its 26th annual Concerts in the Village series.

The concert wraps up the spring/summer series portion. There are five more concerts yet to come in the fall.

Todd Wilkinson is the chairman of the MKAF concert committee. His team puts together the concert line up each year. As he puts it this particular concert “is like getting two concerts in one.” Meaning, the concert will include performances by both the Concert Band and Blue Groove jazz ensemble.

For some background, the Air National Guard Band of the South headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is the official musical ambassador for the Tennessee Air National Guard. Members of the Band of the South have performed in almost every state in the union as well as being deployed to Germany, Kandahar, Afghanistan and beyond.

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, formed in 1973, has entertained audiences all over America’s southeastern states 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 well as highlighting instrumental and vocal soloists.

The Blue Groove Jazz Ensemble generates a unique excitement through the performance of America’s only original art form: Jazz. The ensemble mixes the sounds of yesteryear with the contemporary music of today. From Glenn Miller big band arrangements to more recent tunes by artists like Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars, they offer something for everyone.

“We are honored to present the Air National Guard Band of the South to close our spring/summer concerts. A wide variety of music from patriotic to pop will be presented for this very family-friendly finale!” says MKAF CEO Demetrius Fuller.

This is the first concert season with Fuller at MKAF’s helm.

“We are thrilled with the success of our Spring/Summer concert series and are very grateful to our VIP table holders, members, sponsors, and patrons for helping us attain record attendance for the ten-week set,” Fuller says. “We are looking forward to announcing the fall artists very soon“

The performance is family-friendly and open to the public, free of charge. The gate opens at 6 p.m. and the concert follows at 7 p.m.  If you do not have a table reserved, bring a blanket or beach chairs.

Bring along a picnic supper, dine at on-sight food trucks pre-order a gourmet charcuterie board from The Board Chef-Artisan Charcuterie. (Orders must be placed by noon on Tuesday, June 22 by calling (850) 650-6679 or email annmarie@theboardchef.com.)

For more information on MKAF membership and concert details, visit MKAF.org.

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