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Jazz groups back in a favorite campus venue March 13

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s two jazz combos and Jazz Ensemble II will be back in one of their favorite performance spots, Mojo’s Coffee Bar on campus.

The music starts at 7 p.m. March 13. There is no cover charge but donations will be accepted to support Bethel jazz studies.

Jazz Ensemble II, under the direction of Joel Linscheid, is Jacob Anderson, Newton, Jesus Martinez, Newton, and Ryan Fritz, Salina, on saxophones; Gabe Johnson, Abilene, Isaac Dunn, Fresno, California, Abby Phillips, Maple Hill, and Adrian Rogers on trumpets; Nate Kroeker, Augusta, Seth Larson, Wichita, and Ben Carlson, Hurley, South Dakota, on trombones; Matt Buller, Henderson, Nebraska, on bass; Matt Lind, Harrisonburg, Virginia, on piano; and Shawn Bontrager, North Newton, and Bruce Rosario, Pollocksville, North Carolina, on drums.

On Jazz II’s set list is “Now’s the Time” by Charlie Parker, arranged by Lennie Niehaus; “The Subtle Sermon” by Sy Johnson; “Here, There and Everywhere” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arranged by Mark Taylor; “Hymn for Her” by Fred Sturm; and “Cantaloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock, arranged by Summerer.

Jim Pisano, Bethel director of jazz studies, works with Bethel Jazz Combo 1 and Jazz Combo 2.

Jazz Combo 1 is Neil Smucker, North Newton, on saxophone and flute, Westen Gesell, Winnipeg, Manitoba, on saxophone, Evan Koch, North Newton, on trumpet, Ian Gingrich-Gaylord on keyboard, Jayce Yoder, Topeka, on guitar, Eli Brockway, McPherson, on bass, and Chuck Lenley, Kansas City, Missouri, on drums.

They will play “Blues for Alice” by Charlie Parker; “A Wheel Within a Wheel” by Bobby Watson; “Dolphin Dance” by Herbie Hancock; and “Yes or No” by Wayne Shorter.

Jazz Combo 2 is Matt Lind and Zane Richter, McPherson, on saxophones, Billie Selichnow, Wichita, on trombone, Matt Graber, Freeman, South Dakota, on piano, Eli Brockway on bass, and Micah Miller on drums.

Jazz 2’s set list is “Straight, No Chaser” by Thelonious Monk; “Central Park West” by John Coltrane; and “Footprints” by Wayne Shorter.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016–17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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