“The Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band” performed “Caballo Viejo,” which means “Old Horse,” as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The band generally delivers incredible exhibitions of jazz works of art.
The melody starts with the vocalist playing the guiro and a man playing the bongos right close to him. While the band’s uniforms are complete, the singer and bongo player wears nothing but white.
The brass joins in after the tune’s opening measures. Two trumpets, two trombones, two saxophones, a piano, drums, and a bassist make up the ensemble.
After playing a few solos to start the song, the trombones play the melody line with harmonies added for a nice touch.
In Spanish, the bongo player, drummer, and singer sing in tight harmony. An improvised trombone solo comes in between each vocal riff, and the timbales give the tune a Latin flavor.
From Washington, D.C., the United States Army Field Band performs over 400 concerts annually on international tours.
The band is based in Maryland at Fort George G. Meade. Every four years, the band leads the Presidential Inaugural Parade.
The band was formed in 1946 with the goal of improving public relations in the United States. To be considered for membership, members must pass a rigorous audition.
The Concert band, Soldier’s Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors, and Six-String Soldiers make up the group. The amazing performers in this exceptionally select gathering demonstrate why they were picked.
They play the song perfectly, with great solos and harmonies, and you’ll be tapping your toes.