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Jazz Ensemble I to come out swinging

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Jazz I ensemble will come out swinging in its first concert of the spring semester with some exciting big band pieces played on the stage of Newton’s historic Fox Theatre.

The concert is March 1 at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public, with donations accepted to support jazz studies at Bethel and the ongoing renovation of the Fox Theatre.

“I’m excited about the chance to play at the Fox,” said Joel Linscheid, instructor of music at Bethel College and director of Jazz Ensemble I. “It’s nice to get off campus and do a concert somewhere else.”

This concert will feature three Newton-North Newton natives who all currently live in Kansas City, Mo.: Bethel graduates Brett Jackson on saxophone and Aaron Linscheid on trumpet as guest soloists, and Jeff Harshbarger on bass, filling in for Landon Bartel.

Jazz I will play pieces from familiar names such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.

“It’s going to be all music from the swing era, kind of 1940s big band swing,” Linscheid said. “It’s just music that a lot of people identify with. It’s classic American big band music.”

Among the pieces will be “Strike Up the Band,” arranged by Sammy Nestico; “In the Mood,” by Joe Garland; and “One O’Clock Jump” by Count Basie.

“It should be a fun concert,” Linscheid said.

Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I personnel are: saxophones, Joel Boettger, Hesston, Matt Lind, Harrisonburg, Va., Daniel Barrera, Newton, Westen Gesell, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Carl Lehmann, Marion, S.D.; trumpets, Evan Koch, Colorado Springs, Colo., Braden Unruh, Goessel, Tim Regier, Newton, and Kyle Doesken, Derby; trombones, Rebecca Trumble, Newton, Joshua Janzen, Aurora, Neb., Andrew Thiesen, Newton, and Issei Tsuji, Chiba-shi, Japan; drums, Adam Voth, Goddard; piano, Ian Gingrich-Gaylord; and bass, Jeff Harshbarger (for Landon Bartel).

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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