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Krehbiel Auditorium to be filled with wind music in multiple genres

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Wind Ensemble will welcome the 4th annual Honor Band to campus Nov. 18-19.

After a day-long workshop on Saturday, this group of top high school instrumentalists from around the region will perform Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus.

The Bethel Wind Ensemble and the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble (MKJE), an auditioned group of local high school musicians, will also be featured in the program, which is free and open to the public.

Adam Fontana, Bethel director of instrumental music, directs the Wind Ensemble and will lead the Honor Band workshop. James Pisano, Bethel director of jazz studies, directs MKJE.

The jazz group’s program will be “But Not for Me” by George Gershwin, arranged by Bob Mintzer; “Doozy” by Benny Carter; “Beneath the Veiled Moon” by Scott Ninmer; and “The Road Not Taken” by Daren Jenkins.

MKJE personnel are: saxophones, Brandon Ray (alto), Maize High School, Michael Klein (alto), Derby High School, Jon Kohl (tenor), Maize, Caleb Abbott (tenor), Maize, and Mason Klish (baritone), Derby; trombones, Justin Koegeboehn, Maize, Sam Bartel, Hesston High School, Adam Kroeker, Augusta High School, Drew Walden, Wichita East High School, and Dylan Dilks, Hesston; trumpets, Paxton Leaf, McPherson High School, Jamie Black, Derby, Michaela Ensor, Derby, and Adam Schmidt, Derby; drums, Talin Goebel, McPherson; guitar, Brady Volkmann, Bishop Carroll High School, and Ben Peyton, Newton High School; bass, Jules White, Wichita Collegiate High School; and piano, Hadley Hageman, McPherson.

Wind Ensemble personnel are: flute, Matthew Lind, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Jesus Martinez, Newton, and Mackenzie Young, Peabody; oboe, Austin Coulter, Pretty Prairie; clarinet, Sarah Balzer, Inman, Juliana Drouhard, Hesston, Julia Ferguson, Sterling, Shannon Neifert, Pratt, Benjamin Wiens, Goessel, and Sarah Turner, North Newton; bass clarinet, Paige Cooper, Hutchinson, and Reece Hiebert, Walton; saxophone, Westen Gesell, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ryan Fritz, Salina, Aaron Long, Wichita, Zane Richter, McPherson, and Tara Schwartz, Pretty Prairie; horn, Abby Phillips, Maple Hill, and Anna Wiens, Goessel; trumpet, Connor Born, North Newton, Evan Koch, North Newton, Alec Loganbill, Hesston, Adrian Rogers, Newton, and community member Arlin Buller; trombone, Ben Abel, Paola, Nathan Kroeker, Augusta, Seth Larson, Wichita, Billie Selichnow, Wichita, and Andrew Thiesen, Newton; euphonium, Brendan Ostlund, Mount Hope, and Nicholas Preheim, Peabody; bass, Elijah Brockway, McPherson; and percussion, Shawn Bontrager, North Newton.

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