SHADES OF BLUE Jazz Ensemble will fly into the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts Sunday, Sept. 8 for a performance. The concert is free and will feature the sound of the big-band era. (Photo provided)

Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble will hold a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St.

The concert will feature the music of legendary composer and bandleader Glenn Miller, as well as other big-band-era favorites.

The concert is free, but seats are limited. Tickets will be available at the Marathon Center and The Courier, 701 W. Sandusky St., with a limit of four per person.

Shades of Blue comprises musicians from the USAF Band of Flight of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, and the USAF Band of Mid-America of Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Featuring 18 professional enlisted musicians, the group’s repertoire ranges from big band jazz to bebop and swing to modern jazz. Several of the band’s members are also gifted composers and arrangers, and their compositions are often featured in concert.

Attendees who arrive before the concert can also explore the “Eyes of Freedom Exhibit,” a traveling memorial honoring those who have served the nation. The exhibit consists of eight life-sized portraits of 23 fallen service members from the Ohio-based Lima Company 3/25 during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005.

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