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Jazz groups to bring music to the Green in annual spring concert

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel jazz groups will wrap up another busy spring season with the annual end-of-semester Jazz on the Green concert May 6.

The event starts at 8 p.m. with the audience invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for outdoor seating (the concert will move to Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center if the weather is unfavorable).

Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I traveled to the Wichita Jazz Festival, April 24 at Wichita State University.

“The band was well received at the festival,” said Joel Linscheid, Bethel director of jazz studies, “and all of the judges were impressed with the group.”

Linscheid also took his auditioned honors high school jazz group, the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble, to the Wichita Jazz Festival.

April 26-27, both groups participated in a jazz clinic at Bethel with trumpeter Mike Steinel from the University of North Texas, Denton, as the clinician, capped off by a joint concert, with Steinel as the guest artist, April 27.

Jazz Ensemble II will open the May 6 Jazz on the Green concert with “Better Get Hit In Your Soul” by Charles Mingus (arranged by Ralph Ford); “Shiny Stockings” by Frank Foster (arranged by Mike Tomaro); “Latin Satin” by Lennie Niehaus; “Georgia on My Mind” by Hoagy Carmichael (arranged by Michael Sweeny); and “Cold Duck Time” by Eddie Harris (arranged by Erik Morales).

Jazz II personnel are: saxophones, Jacob Anderson, sophomore from Newton, Ryan Fritz, sophomore from Salina, and Reece Hiebert, freshman from Goessel; trombones, Ben Carlson, sophomore from Hurley, South Dakota, Seth Larson, freshman from Wichita, Billie Selichnow, freshman from Maize, and Benjamin Abel, freshman from Paola; trumpet, Ethan Knight, senior from Moundridge; piano, Issei Tsuji,junior from Chiba, Japan; guitar, Doug Siemens, Newton; bass, Joe Kondziola, senior from North Newton; and drums, Adam Kauth, freshman from Iola.

Jazz Ensemble Iwill play a variety of pieces from throughout the year, to be announced at the concert.

Jazz Ensemble Ipersonnel are: saxophones, Neil Smucker, freshman from North Newton, Matt Lind, sophomore from Harrisonburg, Virginia, Ben Wiens, freshman from Goessel, Westen Gesell, sophomore from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Chase Ebeling, junior from Hutchinson; trumpets, Grant Flaming, sophomore from Goessel, Isaac Dunn, sophomore from Fresno, California, Tim Regier, junior from Newton, and Braden Unruh, junior from Goessel; trombones, Josh Janzen, sophomore from Aurora, Nebraska, Andrew Thiesen, sophomore from Newton, Billie Selichnow and Issei Tsuji; drums, Adam Voth, senior from Goddard; bass, Eli Brockway, McPherson; and piano, Matthew Graber, sophomore from Freeman, South Dakota.

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