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NSU jazz ensembles presenting free concerts
 
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Three NSU jazz ensembles are giving a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Johnson Fine Arts Center Theater.
 

Featured at the concert will be the NSU 1 O’clock Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Terry Beckler, assistant professor of percussion; the NSU Jazz Combo, directed by Frederic Hemke, assistant professor of woodwinds and jazz studies; and the NSU 2 O’clock Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Grant Manhart, professor of high brass and jazz studies.  
 
March 14 Concerts
 
1-O'Clock Jazz Ensemble
Beckler’s ensemble will perform the epic jazz/funk “Sidewinder” by Lee Morgan and arranged by Mark Taylor, featuring saxophonist Carl Mathwig and trumpeter Alec Nelson; “Coconut Champaign” by Dennis DiBlasio and arranged by Bob Lowden, featuring saxophonists Derek VanDenTop, Carrie Pospishil and Jamie Stadel; and Count Basie’s “Corner Pocket,” featuring saxophonist Chelsea Kerbaugh and trumpeter Tyler Goodgion. Kerbaugh has been selected as a unit leader for the high school girls division at the prestigious Interlochen Summer Arts Camp at Interlochen, Mich.  
 
NSU Jazz Combo
Hemke’s combo will perform “Sandu” by Clifford Brown and “Bags Groove” by Milt Jackson.  
 
2-O'Clock Jazz Ensemble
Manhart’s band will play two numbers as a big band: “Rhythm of Our World,” by Cuban-American trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, and “Indian Lady” by trumpeter/composer/bandleader Don Ellis. The band will then split up quickly into four Dixieland groups, and perform one tune each, almost like a pre-Lenten Mardi Gras street scene, to finish the concert. The four groups are anchored by different bass instruments, including Michelle Mennis on baritone saxophone; Derek VanDenTop on what looks like an oversized bronze statue of a saxophone, the bass saxophone; and both John Gorr and Alan Burmeier on sousaphone.
 
April 23 Concert: Vocal Jazz
 
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
The NSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Wendy van Gent, is a usual participant at this jazz concert. But this spring, the ensemble will present a feature event, “Sweet Jazz” (including desserts), at 7 p.m. April 23 at the NSU Student Center Centennial rooms. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Also, the above NSU jazz ensembles are presenting a second Jazz/Swing Dance at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Dakota Event Center. Tickets for the dance, which will be nonstop Big Band and vocal jazz music from the 40’s, are $10 at the door or at Ken’s SuperFair Foods, 2205 Sixth Avenue S.E., beginning  April 1.
 
 
NSU 1 O’clock Jazz Ensemble personnel
Alto I:  Carl Mathwig
Alto II: Brooke Mathey
Tenor I: Chelsea Kerbaugh
Tenor II: Emmanuel Samuelu
Bari: Jamie Stadel
Trumpet I: Tyler Goodgion
Trumpet II: Alec Nelson
Trumpet III: Nicole Merriman
Trumpet IV: Derek VanDenTop
Trombone I: Christina Renz
Trombone II: Maggie Tupper
Trombone III: Nicole McAloon
Bass Trombone: Kaitlin Fuerstenau, Max Chamberlain
Piano: Luke Bergjord                                                               
Bass: Erin Walter
Drums: Carrie Pospishil
NSU Jazz Combo personnel
Trumpet: Chris Massa,
Saxophones: Steven Zimoski, John Patzlaff
Trombone: Tyler Schwan
Drumset: Eli Corbett
Piano: Luke Bergjord
Bass: Russell Hadden
 
 
NSU 2 O’clock Jazz Ensemble personnel
Alto I: Steve Zimoski
Alto II: Katie Wegleitner
Tenor I: John Patzlaff
Tenor II: Taylor Johnson
Bari: Michelle Mennis
Trumpet I: Callie Marlette
Trumpet II: Chris Massa
Trumpet III: Amanda Wentz
Trumpet IV: Calvin Cramer
Trumpet V:  Alec Nelson
Trombone I: Tyler Schwan
Trombone II:  Delayna LaBelle
Trombone III: Luke Bergjord
Bass Trombone: Joseph Weseloh
Bass Trombone, Tuba:  John Gorr
Piano: Jaime Kessler
Bass: Tyler Cope
Drums: Joel Schlottman
Vibes: Carrie Pospishil