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Bethel College jazz clinic, Thresher Jazz performance set for Dec. 13

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Thresher Jazz will perform its Winter Concert at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13 in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center at Bethel College in North Newton. Director of Thresher Jazz is Stephen Jones. The program brings to campus two guest artists, trumpeter Mike Steinel and saxophonist Tom Luer, who will join the Bethel College Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo #1 in a program of small group and big band jazz. Steinel and Luer are returning to Bethel College where both have served as jazz artists in residence.

Jazz Clinic

The evening performance will cap an all-day jazz clinic on Dec. 13 in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center at Bethel College. Steinel and Luer will work with Bethel jazz groups from 9 to 10:30 a.m. From 1 to 3 p.m. high school jazz bands from Newton and Hesston will perform and hear comments from the jazz artists. Admission to the clinics is free and open to the public.

Mike SteinelMike Steinel, who taught at Bethel from 1979-83, is a jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger. He is a professor of jazz studies at the University of North Texas (UNT) where he teaches jazz improvisation, pedagogy of jazz improvisation and jazz trumpet. Internationally recognized as a jazz educator, Steinel is the author of "Building a Jazz Vocabulary" and "Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble." An active clinician and guest artist, he has performed throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe. He founded and directs the UNT Jazz Combo Workshop and the UNT Jazz Trumpet Workshop. Steinel has played with Clark Terry, Don Ellis, Bill Evans and Jerry Bergonzi and recorded with the Chicago Jazz Quintet and the Frank Mantooth Big Band. He completed his bachelor's degree at Emporia State University and his master's degree at the University of North Texas.

Tom Luer

Last spring Tom Luer left his position as instructor of music, jazz artist in residence, and director of Thresher Jazz at Bethel College, where he had taught since 1999, to pursue graduate work in jazz studies at the University of North Texas College of Music. A saxophonist, he is a teaching fellow in jazz studies and a member of the One O'clock Lab Band, which is recognized as one of the top collegiate bands in the country. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. A featured performer and clinician, Luer participated in the Friends University Jazz Festival in Wichita and the Redbud Jazz Festival at Northern Oklahoma College. In 2001 he was selected as Artist in Residence for the Wichita Jazz Festival. He was also active as a freelance musician in the Wichita area, performing with the Air Capital Big Band and the Wichita Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and he made numerous club appearances.

Thresher Jazz

Performers in Bethel College Thresher Jazz Ensemble are: Saxophones: senior Nick Enz, Newton; senior Amanda Sazama, Edna (formerly Osmond, Neb.); junior Lora Swartzendruber, Plano, Texas; freshman Sara Hobbs, Newton; freshman Marshall Sadiq, Halstead.

Trumpets: junior Curtis Shoup, Mt. Eaton, Ohio; junior Joel F. Goering, Silver Spring, Md.; senior Benjamin Lichti, Newton; junior Todd Flory, McPherson; junior Benjamin Voth, Newton;

Trombones: senior Ryan O'Reilly, Mountain Lake, Minn.; sophomore Giovanni Garofalo, Newton; junior Michael McKitrick, Aurora, Colo.; sophomore Russell Adrian, Butterfield, Minn.

Rhythm: senior Ian Gingrich-Gaylord, Wichita, on piano; senior Matt Esau, Hillsboro, on bass; senior Luke Schmidt, Peabody, on drums; freshman Joshua Piper, North Newton, on piano; junior Chris Janzen, Fresno, Calif., on guitar; sophomore Andrew Gingerich, Middlebury, Ind., on bass.

Members of the Jazz Combo #1 are Nick Enz on saxophone, Ian Gingrich-Gaylord on piano, Chris Janzen on guitar and Tory Doerksen, junior from Prescott Valley, Ariz., on bass.


Tickets for the evening concert will be available at the door. Cost is $5 for adults and students. Children under age 12 will be admitted free.

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