NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As Bethel College students prepare for final exams and Christmas break, they’ll celebrate with Christmas Gala and the music event open to the public: Christmas Gala Jazz.
Featuring Bethel College Jazz Ensembles I and II, the event takes place Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Admission is free, with a freewill offering taken to support jazz study and performance at Bethel.
As usual, the groups will play a mix of seasonal favorites and jazz standards.
Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Joel Linscheid, instructor of music, will offer “Switch in Time” by Sammy Nestico; “Nardis” by Miles Davis, arranged by Paul Murtha; “The Christmas Song” by Mel Torme and Robert Wells, arranged by Paul Jennings; “Silver Bells” by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, arranged by George Stone; and “Don’t Get Sassy” by Thad Jones, arranged by Mike Carubia.
Bethel College Jazz Ensemble II personnel are: saxophones, Jacob Anderson, Newton, Julia Ferguson, Sterling, Jesus Martinez, Newton, Ryan Fritz, Salina, and Reece Hiebert, Walton; trumpets, Gabe Johnson, Abilene, Isaac Dunn, Fresno, California, Abby Phillips, Maple Hill, and Adrian Rogers, Newton; trombones, Nate Kroeker, Augusta, Seth Larson, Wichita, and Ben Carlson, Hurley, South Dakota; bass, Matt Buller, Henderson, Nebraska; piano, Matt Lind, Harrisonburg, Virginia; and drums, Shawn Bontrager, North Newton, and Bruce Rosario, Pollocksville, North Carolina.
Jazz Ensemble I’s set list is “Second Race” by Thad Jones; “Hang Gliding” by Maria Schneider; “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen, arranged by Scott Ninmer; “Peanut Brittle Brigade” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arranged by Duke Ellington; “Toot Toot Tootie Toot” by Tchaikovsky, arranged by Billy Strayhorn; “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Ralph Blane, arranged by Alan Baylock; and “Jingle Bells” by J. Pierpoint, arranged by John Clayton.
James Pisano, Bethel director of jazz studies, directs Jazz Ensemble I.
Bethel College Jazz Ensemble I personnel are: saxophones, Neil Smucker, North Newton, Matt Lind, Westen Gesell, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Zane Richter, McPherson, and Ben Wiens, Goessel; trumpets, Braden Unruh, Goessel, Evan Koch, North Newton, Connor Born, North Newton, Alec Loganbill, Hesston, and Ben Peyton; trombones, Andrew Thiesen, Newton, Billie Selichnow, Wichita, Brendan Ostlund, Mount Hope, and Nate Kroeker (bass); piano, Matt Graber, Freeman, South Dakota; bass, Eli Brockway, McPherson; guitar, Jayce Yoder, Topeka; drums, Charles Lenley, Kansas City, Missouri, and Micah Miller; and vocals, Elizabeth Friesen Birky, Denver.
Gala Jazz has become an anticipated part of the end-of-fall-semester celebration that faculty and staff put on for students.
To keep up with other jazz events this school year, look for (and “Like”) Bethel College Jazz Studies on Facebook.