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End-of-year jazz concert moves indoors

April 30th, 2019

Angus Siemens plays bass with Jazz Ensemble II.

No surprise after all the rain -- Jazz "on the Green" will be in Krehbiel Auditorium, tonight starting at 8.

One of Bethel’s most-anticipated year-end music events is a bring-your-own-chairs-and-blankets outdoor event that showcases the two big bands, Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II.

Music starts at 8 p.m. in the middle of campus. The concert is free and open to the public. There will be a freewill offering taken to support jazz performance and study at Bethel.

In the event of bad weather, Jazz on the Green moves into Krehbiel Auditorium.

Joel Boettger is completing the year as interim director of jazz studies at Bethel, and Academic Dean Robert Milliman recently announced Boettger will return next year as a permanent appointment.

Boettger directs Jazz Ensemble I and works with Jazz Combo I, and was responsible for bringing special guest Clay Jenkins, a jazz saxophone musician and teacher from the Eastman School of Music, to campus for a residency earlier this spring.

Like most Bethel College jazz concerts, Jazz on the Green 2019 will feature a diverse array of charts.

Jazz I’s set list is “Exactly Like You,” arranged by Charles Argersinger; “In the Mood” by Joe Garland; “Groovin’ Hard” by Don Menza; “Groove Merchant” by Thad Jones; “Blues in Hoss Flat” by Frank Foster; “Nica’s Dream” by Horace Silver, arranged by Frank Mantooth; “Hay Burner” and “Lonely Street” by Sammy Nestico; and “New Mambo” by Bob Mintzer.

Jazz I personnel are: saxophones, Neil Smucker, North Newton, Tom Tien-Lo, Caleb Abbott, Wichita, Matt Lind, and AJ Dugan, Walton; trumpets, Connor Born, North Newton, Alec Loganbill, Hesston, Gabe Johnson, Abilene, and Brad Shores; trombones, Billie Selichnow, Wichita, Adam Kroeker, Augusta, Nate Kroeker, Augusta, and Jerod Kaufman, Moundridge; piano, Ian Gingrich-Gaylord; bass, Eli Brockway, McPherson; guitar, Jayce Yoder, Topeka; and drum set and percussion, Charles Lenley, Kansas City, Mo., and Shawn Bontrager, North Newton.

Lucas Hulett, adjunct instructor of music, directs Jazz Ensemble II.

Jazz II personnel are: saxophones, Jacob Anderson, Newton, AJ Dugan, Walton, Ryan Fritz, Salina, and Autumn Strecker, Goessel; trombones, Kayla Newman, Sedgwick, Wyatt Krom and Trae Gehring, Pretty Prairie; trumpet, Adrian Rodgers; drums, Devin Russ, Satellite Beach, Fla., and Caleb Washington, Wichita; keyboard, Bruce Rosario, Pollocksville, N.C.; and bass, Angus Siemens, Newton.

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