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Jazz on the Green to be Jones’ last concert at Bethel

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – This semester’s final jazz concert will feature favorite tunes selected from concerts throughout the year, and will be director Stephen Jones’ Bethel College swan song.

“Jazz on the Green” will take place Wednesday, May 10, beginning at 8 p.m., in front of the Administration Building. Jazz Ensemble I will be the only group performing. In case of bad weather, the concert will move to Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“This concert will feature ‘the best of’ 2005-2006,” said Jones, instructor of music. “The band and I have selected what we feel is the best jazz ensemble literature that we have performed this year, all rolled into one performance.”

People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, since if the concert goes on outdoors, no chairs will be provided. Concert-goers are also welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages, Jones said.

This will be the last Bethel jazz concert of the school year and also the final one under the Jones’ direction. Beginning next fall, he will be studying for his D.M.A. in saxophone performance at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

“I’ve never been made to feel more welcome than I have here,” Jones said, “and I will remember Bethel as some of the best people, both colleagues and students, that I have worked with.”

Members of Jazz Ensemble I include: saxophones Julie Fromm, junior from Newton, Brett Jackson, sophomore from North Newton, Joel Linscheid, sophomore from North Newton, Jess Rempel, junior from Littleton, Colo., and Darren Ramsey, sophomore from Wichita; trumpets Peter Goerzen, junior from Newton, Aaron Linscheid, junior from North Newton, Austin McCabe-Juhnke, Newton High School student from North Newton, and Kelcy Voth, junior from Goessel; trombones Jerel Fast, junior from Boulder, Colo., Trevor Regier, Newton High School student from Newton, and Matthew Root, freshman from Topeka; rhythm players Zack Gingrich-Gaylord, junior from Newton, piano, Daniel Glascock, freshman from Cunningham, bass, Hesston College student Sam Hershberger, bass, Josh Piper, junior from North Newton, piano, Travis Roberts, fifth-year student from Cheney, drums, and Matt Steinmetz, senior from Bluffton, Ohio, guitar.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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