Jazz Ambassadors bring Hagerstown native home

September 07, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Six years after he left Hagerstown to go to college, Todd Sturniolo joined the Army, which meant he'd be away from home three more years.

But he's returning briefly and in grand fashion. Sturniolo, a graduate of North Hagerstown High School, will be a featured soloist during the U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors' show Sunday at Hagerstown Community College.

Sturniolo's regular gig is as a solo trombonist for the U.S. Army Field Band's Concert Band. Though he lives near Fort Meade, Md., less than two hours away, he has yet to perform in Hagerstown. The band tours the country.

"Normally my time is devoted to playing everywhere else," Sturniolo said. "I finally get to play at home."

It's also the first time the Jazz Ambassadors have played in Hagerstown, said Master Sgt. Darrin Blume, a spokesman for the Army band.


And for Sturniolo's mother, Janice Sturniolo, it's a welcome sight.

"It's the first time seeing him perform in Hagerstown with the band," she said.

The free show is part of HCC's 60th anniversary celebration, and the U.S. Army Field Band also is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Sturniolo said listeners should anticipate everything from old-school jazz to contemporary big-band styles. There also will be audience favorites.

"They always want to hear the patriotic stuff," Sturniolo said.

Sample songs online also offer a taste of what to expect. Samples are featured on the Army Field Band's Web site,, via the Jazz Ambassadors link.

If you go ...

WHAT: U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10

WHERE: Alumni Amphitheater, Hagerstown Community College; rain venue: Kepler Theater.

COST: Free

MORE: Contact Hagerstown Community College, 301-790-2800, ext. 265

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