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Jazz Combo to play UNC Jazz Festival

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Jazz Combo follows their performance at the Wichita Jazz Festival last weekend with one in Greeley, Colo., this weekend.

Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble I both played in Wichita, and Jazz Combo now heads to the annual University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 25.

“The UNC jazz festival is larger than Wichita’s, with many more colleges and universities represented from across the region,” said James Pisano, Bethel assistant professor of music and director of Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensembles I and II. “The festival attracts clinicians who have international jazz performing careers – it’s a chance for the combo to get feedback from them. Also, guest artists include the Mingus Big Band and saxophonist Chris Potter.”

Jazz Combo personnel are Benjamin Harder, junior from Hesston, on trombone; Brett Jackson and Joel Linscheid, both seniors from North Newton, on saxophone; Austin McCabe-Juhnke, junior from North Newton, on trumpet; Bradley McKellip, junior from Newton, on bass; Ben Stucky, sophomore from Moon Township, Pa., on piano; and Nathaniel Yoder, junior from Kalona, Iowa, on drums.

Jazz Combo’s Greeley program includes “Distraction” by Joel Linscheid; “Recordame” by Joe Henderson, arranged by Brett Jackson; and “Wheel within a Wheel” by Bobby Watson, also arranged by Brett Jackson.

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 Forbes.com’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 www.bethelks.edu.

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