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Jazz groups will take the Krehbiel Auditorium stage Dec. 12

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A favorite holiday event takes place on the Bethel College campus Friday, Dec. 12, when the jazz ensembles take the Krehbiel Auditorium stage.

The performance is at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken to support the Bethel music department.

Jazz Ensemble I will start the program with “Flight of the Foo Birds” by Neil Hefti and “Lester Left Town” by Wayne Shorter (arr. Mike Crotty).

Jazz Ensemble II has the middle section, with one number arranged by Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies James Pisano and one by Blake Long, senior from Moran. Jazz II will play the holiday favorite “Silver Bells” by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans (arr. Frank Mantooth), “Centerpiece” by Harry “Sweets” Edison (arr. Pisano), “Round Midnight” by Cootie Williams and Thelonious Monk (arr. Mantooth) and “Chicken” by Pee Wee Ellis (arr. Long).

Jazz I will end the evening with “Fables of Faubus” by Charles Mingus (arr. Dave Snider), “Cute” by Neil Hefti and “Little Pixie” by Thad Jones.

Jazz Ensemble I personnel are: saxophones, Kyle Claassen, Andover, Evan Fast, Goessel, Brett Jackson, North Newton, Joel Linscheid, North Newton, and Camden Pankratz, Hesston; trombones, Eric Goering, McPherson, Benjamin Harder, Hesston, Christian Loganbill, Wichita, and Andrew Toews, North Newton; French horn, Genevieve Rucker, Lawrence; trumpets, Alex Boldt, Parlier, Calif., Kyle Doesken, Derby, and Kyle Unruh, Goessel; drums, Nathaniel Yoder, Kalona, Iowa; bass, Michael Voth, Topeka; and piano, Ben Stucky, Moon Township, Pa.

Jazz Ensemble II personnel are: saxophones, Brent Badawieh, Parsons, Amy Flax, Brownell, and Carmen Tamerius, Wichita; cello and vibes, Anna Cook, Lawrence; bass, Chris Yoder, Valley Center; guitar, Kevin Galo, Honduras; and drums, Blake Long, Moran.

For the second year in a row, a Bethel College jazz group will play at the annual meeting of the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA). The Bethel Jazz Combo will perform at the event in Wichita at the end of February. Last year, Jazz Ensemble I successfully auditioned for KMEA.

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 was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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