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Jazz, cello groups to perform for Kansas Music Educators

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two Bethel instrumental groups will perform for the 2010 Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) workshop in Wichita this Friday.

Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I plays Friday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. in Hyatt Regency Ballrooms F-H. The cello quartet Mello Cello will play at 3:10 p.m. across the street in Century II Room 203.

For free guest passes, go to the main convention entrance at Century II, where you can also get directions to concert venues.

Jazz Ensemble I will play “Central Park North” by Thad Jones, “Off the Cuff” by Jim McNeely, “Li’l Darlin’” by Neil Hefti and “Wind Machine” by Sammy Nestico.

Jazz I personnel are: saxophones, Joel Boettger, Hesston, Evan Fast, Goessel, Jordan Ortman, Freeman, S.D., and Camden Pankratz, Hesston; trumpets, Alex Boldt, Parlier, Calif., Kyle Doesken, Derby, Austin McCabe-Juhnke, North Newton, and Kyle Unruh, Goessel; trombones, Eric Goering, McPherson, Benjamin Harder, Hesston, Christian Loganbill, Wichita, and Rebecca Trumble, Newton; French horn, Genevieve Rucker, Lawrence; bass, Landon Bartel, Newton; guitar, Bradley McKellip, Newton; piano, Ben Stucky, Moon Township, Pa.; and drums, Nathaniel Yoder, Kalona, Iowa.

James Pisano, Bethel assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies, directs the groups.

Mello Cello will play “Martuntel” from Romanian Folk Dances by Bela Bartok, arr. Daniel Kelly; “Summertime” by George Gershwin; the “Grave Allegro” from Konzert in C Dur by Georg Philipp Telemann, arr. Thomas-Mifune; the “Adagio” from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos; “Song Without Words” from Four Pieces for Four Cellos Op. 33 by Julius Klengel; and “The Unforgiven” by Hetfield/Ulrich/Hammett.

Mello Cello personnel are Erica Buller, Lenexa, Anna Cook, Lawrence, Liann Meyer, Newton, and Andrew Voth, Topeka.

Susan Mayo, Bethel instructor of cello, directs the group.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. 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 2009 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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