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Bethany College Symphonic Band performs tribute to alumnus

The Bethany College Symphonic Band will present its winter concert on Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall on the Bethany campus.

Directed by Doug Talbott, associate professor of music, the sixty member ensemble will honor Presley Herndon, a Bethany alumnus who passed away in July 2008 after 40 years of teaching music. The band will perform “Echoes” by Samuel Hazo as a musical tribute.

The ensemble will also perform Francis McBeth’s “Of Sailors and Whales,” an epic five-movement work based on five scenes from Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Other selections include “Entry of the Gladiators” by Julius Fucik, “December Dance” by Andrew Boysen, Jr. with guest pianist Stephanie Brunelli, and Robert Smith’s “Brazil: Ceremony, Song and Samba.”

The concert will also feature two guest ensembles: the Bethany Saxophone Quartet, directed by David Higbee, professor emeritus, and the Bethany Brass Sextet, directed by Talbott. The public is invited to a reception for the Herndon family and members of the symphonic band in the lobby of Presser Hall immediately following the concert.

Student performers, their instruments and hometowns are as follows:

  • Aurora, Colo.: Brandi Patrick, alto saxophone
  • Brighton, Colo.: Molly Mumm, clarinet
  • Castle Rock, Colo.: David Scott, bassoon
  • Peetz, Colo.: Breana Curtis, clarinet
  • Thornton, Colo.: Sarah Garlock, percussion


  • Andover, Kan.: Carlotta Meeker, oboe
  • Assaria, Kan.: Rose Laflen, French horn
  • Chase, Kan.: Julie Weston, flute
  • Clyde, Kan.: Jodi Bachand, piccolo and flute
  • Conway Springs, Kan.: Daniel Spears, trumpet
  • Derby, Kan.: Richard Stephens, trumpet
  • Gypsum, Kan.: Kayla Hemphill, clarinet
  • Healy, Kan.: Marit Ehmke, tenor saxophone
  • Hesston, Kan.: Jamie Wollenberg, trumpet
  • Holcomb, Kan.: Morgan Salter, flute
  • Hoisington Kan.: Brianna Kaiser, clarinet
  • Hoyt, Kan.: Patricia McCollum, flute
  • Iola, Kan.: Chelsea Kenyon, percussion
  • Jamestown, Kan.: Braden Bruntzel, French horn
  • Kiowa, Kan.: Rebecca Rose, trombone
  • La Crosse, Kan.: Jonna Breshears, alto saxophone
  • Larned, Kan.: Emily Bowen, euphonium
  • Lindsborg, Kan.: Aubrie Ellis, clarinet; Sean Boller, trumpet and piano; Christina Beasley, trombone; Joel Graham, percussion; Jordan Smith, mallets
  • Marquette, Kan.: Kenneth Turner, baritone saxophone; Samuel Klaassen, French horn; Brooke Olson, trumpet; Meghan Klaassen, trombone; Jamie Nelson, percussion and timpani; Adam Lindh, percussion
  • Marysville, Kan.: Paul Chavarria, mallets
  • McPherson, Kan.: Ruth Goldberg, bassoon
  • Moundridge, Kan.: Marcy Erb, clarinet
  • Norcatur, Kan.: Destry Jackson, French horn
  • Oberlin, Kan.: Gabe Moore, euphonium
  • Olathe, Kan.: Collin Carlson, trombone; Brent Fales, percussion and timpani
  • Ottawa, Kan.: Lisa Black, piccolo and flute
  • Plainville, Kan.: Mackenzie Becker, trumpet
  • Salina, Kan.: Christina Platter, clarinet; Jordan Schwartz, trombone; Joel Platter, trombone; Kaleb Feist, tuba; Courtney Billinger, tuba
  • Smolan, Kan.: Eric Swenson, tuba
  • Sublette, Kan.: Marlene Peters, mallets
  • Sylvan Grove, Kan.: Amanda Tidball, alto saxophone
  • Valley Center, Kan.: Shannon Meyer, mallets
  • Wichita, Kan.: Michelle Boyer, flute
  • Wilson, Kan.: Bennett Lowry, mallets


  • Kansas City, Mo.: Larkin Jaynes, percussion


  • West Point, Neb.: Kammillia Luebbert, flute


  • Arlington, Texas: Brian Wise, string bass
  • Burleson, Texas: Scott James, bassoon


  • Lander, Wyo.: Mollie Dahl, trombone
November 9th, 2009|