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Bethel College Thresher Jazz to present concert

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College Thresher Jazz groups will present a concert at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 6 in Krehbiel Auditorium Fine Arts Center, Bethel College, North Newton. Director is Stephen Jones, instructor of music at Bethel College. Admission is free and open to the public. The program will include two premiers by Thresher Jazz Ensemble. Dean McNeil's "Bunsen Burner" will be performed for the first time in the United States. Greg McCrea's arrangement of "Twelve Inch" by Curtis Fuller will be played for the first time in the Midwest.

"Greg and Dean are two very outstanding educators, talented musicians and dear friends of mine. I am excited to present some of their latest works," Jones says.

A jazz combo of seniors will also play. They are Ian Gingrich-Gaylord, Wichita, on piano; Chris Janzen, Fresno, Calif., on guitar; and Tory Doerksen, Prescott Valley, Ariz., on bass.

Performers in Bethel College Thresher Jazz Ensemble are saxophones: junior David Hasegawa, Sanger, Calif.; senior James Regier, Haven; senior Amanda Sazama, Edna (formerly Osmond, Neb.); senior Lora Swartzendruber, Plano, Texas; freshman Sara Hobbs, Newton; freshman Marshall Sadiq, Halstead.

Trumpets include senior Curtis Shoup, Mt. Eaton, Ohio; junior Todd Flory, McPherson; junior Benjamin Voth, Newton;

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

Members of the rhythm section are 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; senior Chris Janzen, Fresno, Calif., on guitar; sophomore Jesse Overright, Normal, Ill., on drums.

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As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.