Bethany Jazz will present its spring concert on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall.     Directed by Associate Professor of Music Doug Talbott, the 23-member ensemble will perform a variety of styles including works from the libraries of Count Basie, Woody Herman, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and Stan Kenton, among others. A reception will follow the concert in the lobby of Presser Hall.

The ensemble will perform selections including “Hay Burner,” “Corazon,” “Hunting Wabbits,” “Jazz Police” and “My Funny Valentine.” The Bethany Chapel Choir, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Jodi Frisbie, will join the jazz ensemble for Mark Hayes’s arrangement of “This Little Light of Mine.” Special guest ensemble will be the Bethany Dixieland Band.

Student soloists include:

  • Emily Bowen, Larned, Kan., trombone
  • Sean Boller, Lindsborg, Kan., piano
  • Joel Graham, Lindsborg, Kan., set
  • Kenneth Turner, Marquette, Kan., soprano and tenor saxophone
  • Brent Fales, Olathe, Kan., set
  • Mackenzie Becker, Plainville, Kan., trumpet
  • Marlene Peters, Sublette, Kan., piano
  • Mollie Dahl, Lander, Wyo., trombone
  • Brandi Patrick, Aurora, Colo., soprano saxophone

Bethany Jazz maintains an active performance schedule throughout the year. This includes seven concerts during this spring semester with special invitation performances in Minneapolis and Manhattan, Kan., as well as being the featured ensemble for the 50year celebration at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo.