Bethany jazz ensemble to perform winter concert

The Bethany College Jazz Ensemble will present its winter concert December 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall.

Directed by Doug Talbott, associate professor of music, the 21-member ensemble will welcome back Bethany alumnus Brandon Draper as its guest artist. During a two-day residency December 7-8, he will also conduct clinics and master classes for music students.

Draper, class of 2001, is a professional percussionist residing in Kansas City. He heads his own quintet and trio and also serves as a school drum-line coach, an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas and regularly as a performer and clinician. Following his graduation from Bethany, Draper earned his master’s degree focused on world music from the University of New Mexico.

At the Dec. 8 concert, the ensemble will perform “Hit the Ground Running” and “Floating Home” as recorded by the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, “The Heat’s On” by Nestico, Wasson’s arrangement of “Bye, Bye Love,” “The Way You Look Tonight” featuring senior percussionist Jamie Nelson, Tomaro’s arrangement of “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue” as recorded by Louis Armstrong, “Gonna Fly Now” as recorded by Maynard Ferguson featuring senior trumpeter Daniel Spears and “Tangerine” and “The Blues Walk” with guest artist Draper.

A reception for Draper and the Bethany College Jazz Ensemble, hosted by the Associated Music Students of Bethany College, will follow the concert in the lobby of Presser Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public.