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Free concert by 'The Noteables' Monday in DL

THE NOTEABLES, a 13-member jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band, will perform a free concert next Monday, Aug. 16, at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes. The concert is sponsored by Detroit Lakes Newspapers.

Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the Historic Holmes Theatre are co-hosting a free concert on Monday, Aug. 16 by The Notables, a jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band.

The Noteables ensemble has appeared in concert and on national television with Bob Hope, jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew, composer/arranger Frank Mantooth, former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen, pop singer Lee Greenwood and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon.

The 13-member ensemble includes 11 instrumentalists, one female vocalist and an audio engineer.

"In addition to being a performing group, we are very much a family, and close friends," says Greg Pflugh, who serves as the Noteables' tour director as well as playing tenor saxophone with the group.

"We make it a point to have a great time on stage, and have a lot of fun performing great music for great people," he adds.

The Noteables' repertoire is extensive.

"We have a library of hundreds of selections ranging from Big Band classics to more modern selections," says Pflugh. "We strive to perform a balanced program that jazz enthusiasts of all generations can enjoy, and make it a point to honor all of our veterans by playing a medley of the U.S. Armed Forces service songs and other patriotic selections."

The Noteables are stationed at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb. This group is one of eight ensembles of the U.S. Air Force's Heartland of America Band, and their styles range from pop music groups to brass bands to a ceremonial/marching band.

Though all of the Noteables' musical selections are jazz, they draw upon "the full spectrum of jazz music, from its roots in the big band era to current selections," noted Pflugh.

"I love playing in The Noteables, because I get to work with a lot of great musicians who are passionate about their craft and enjoy what they do," he continued. "We have a great family atmosphere within the group, and I believe that translates very well onto the stage. You'll be sure to see us having a great time doing what we do!"

Monday's concert gets underway at 7:30 p.m. inside the Historic Holmes Theater. Though admission is free, you must have a ticket to enter. To sign up for tickets, visit the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office at 806 Summit Ave., or Detroit Lakes Newspapers at 511 Washington Ave. There is a limit of four tickets per request, while they last.

For more information, call the theater at 218-844-SHOW (7469), or DL Newspapers at 218-847-3151.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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