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Bethel Jazz welcomes the season with Christmas Gala concert

Eli Brockway and Chuck Lenley play with Bethel Jazz Ensemble I.

Jazz Ensembles I and II share their annual Christmas tradition, “Gala Jazz,” Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

The event is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support jazz study and performance at Bethel College.

Both groups will share jazz standards and some music for the season.

Jazz Ensemble II will start the program with “Why Not” and “Cute,” both by Neal Hefti; “S’posin’ by Andy Razaf and Paul Denniker; “Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham, arranged by Michael Sweeney; “Christmas Time is Here” (from A Charlie Brown Christmas) by Vince Guaraldi, arranged by David Pugh; “The Queen’s Aweigh” by Bill Holman; and “Four” by Miles Davis, arranged by Mark Taylor.

Adjunct music instructor Lucas Hulett directs Jazz Ensemble II.

The musicians are: saxophones, Jacob Anderson, senior from Newton, AJ Dugan, freshman from Walton, and Ryan Fritz, senior from Salina; trombones, Kayla Newman, freshman from Sedgwick, Wyatt Krom and Trae Gehring, freshman from Pretty Prairie; trumpet, Chloe LaCombe, sophomore from Newton, and Adrian Rogers; drums, Devin Russ, sophomore from Satellite Beach, Fla., and Caleb Washington, freshman from Wichita; keyboard, Bruce Rosario, senior from Pollocksville, N.C.; and bass, Angus Siemens, junior from Newton.

Jazz Ensemble I, under the direction of Joel Boettger, instructor of music, will play “Tip Toe” and “A Child is Born” by Thad Jones; “Ambiance” by Marian McPartland, arranged by Jerry Dodgion; “Tangerine” by Mercer/ Schertzinger, arranged by Sammy Nestico; “New Rochelle” by Bob Mintzer; “Avenue C” by Buck Clayton (transcribed by Myles Collins); and an arrangement of “Jingle Bells” by Ernie Wilkins.

Jazz I personnel are: Neil Smucker, senior from North Newton, Tom Tien Lo, AJ Dugan, Matt Lind and Caleb Abbott, sophomore from Wichita; trumpets, Chloe LaCombe, Connor Born, senior from North Newton, Gabe Johnson, senior from Abilene, and Alec Loganbill, senior from Hesston; trombones, Billie Selichnow, senior from Wichita, Adam Kroeker, sophomore from Augusta, Nate Kroeker, senior from Augusta, and Jerod Kaufman, freshman from Moundridge; piano, Ian Gingrich-Gaylord; bass, Eli Brockway, senior from McPherson; guitar, Jayce Yoder, senior from Topeka; and drums and auxiliary percussion, Micah Miller Wyse, sophomore from Hesston, Shawn Bontrager, junior from North Newton, and Chuck Lenley, junior from Kansas City, Mo.

Bethel College is the only Kansas private college listed in the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, both for 2018-19. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu

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