NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual spring Jazz on the Green concert at Bethel College will take place Wednesday, May 9, at 8 p.m.
As the name indicates, Jazz on the Green happens on the Green in the middle of campus. It is free and open to the public. Since no chairs will be provided outside, the audience is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on, and is also welcome to bring picnic food and non-alcoholic beverages. In case of bad weather, the concert moves into Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center (please note that no food or drink is allowed in the auditorium).
Both Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II will perform. The program includes selections composed by Duke Ellington, Freddie Hubbard, Thad Jones, Bob Mintzer and Jimmy Van Heusen with arrangements by Mike Crotty, Frank Mantooth and Sammy Nestico. The ensembles are under the direction of Jim Pisano, Bethel College assistant professor of music.
Jazz Ensemble I personnel are, on saxophone, Nathan Eigsti, senior from Hesston, Evan Fast, freshman from Goessel, Brett Jackson, junior from North Newton, Joel Linscheid, junior from North Newton, and Darren Ramsey, senior from Wichita; on trumpet, Aaron Linscheid, senior from North Newton, Austin McCabe-Juhnke, freshman from North Newton, Kyle Unruh, freshman from Canton, and Kelcy Voth, senior from Goessel; on guitar, Bradley McKellip, freshman from Newton; on trombone, Jerel Fast, senior from Boulder, Colo., Benjamin Harder, freshman from Hesston, Christian Loganbill, freshman from Wichita, and Andrew Toews, senior from North Newton; on drums, Nathaniel Yoder, freshman from Kalona, Iowa; and on bass, Michael Voth, sophomore from Topeka.
Jazz Ensemble II personnel are, on saxophone, Brent Badawieh, freshman from Parsons, Hesston College student Jonathan Gallop, and Alex Unruh, senior from Valley Center; on bass, Blake Long, senior from Moran; and on drums, Hesston College student David Kautz and Hesston High School student John Murray.
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.