Wayne State College

Jazz Ensemble Spotlights Soloists and Funky Grooves

Published Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Enjoy an evening of feel-good music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.

Wayne State CollegeThe Wayne State College Jazz Ensemble presents an evening of feel-good music Thursday, Dec. 2. The 7:30 p.m. performance takes place at the Praise Assembly of God Building, 1000 East 10th Street, Wayne, NE. This event is free and open to the public.

Engaging selections offer improvised solo opportunities and technical challenges for the ensemble. Instrumental soloists include Austin Burkhardt of Winnetoon, Neb.; Channing Walden of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Wynter Fulsaas of Oakdale, Neb.; Jacob Pedersen of Norfolk, Neb.; Lane McRoberts of Homer, Neb.; Kiernan Baker of Seward, Neb.; Alexander Kesting of Pierce, Neb.; Luke Jacobs of Phillips, Neb.; and Haley Richstein of Bellevue, Neb.. The Jazz Ensemble is directed by adjunct instructor Dr. Jesse McBee.

Repertoire incorporates an energetic and patriotic "America The Beautiful" by Samuel A. Ward; the Cuban dance, contemporary groove "Funky Cha-Cha" by Arturo Sandoval; and the classic swing band tune "Basie-Straight Ahead" by Sammy Nestico. Traditional jazz favorites are balanced with the beautiful modern ballad "Lifelong Friends" by Kris Berg and a festive swing arrangement of "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" arranged by Rich DeRosa.

For more information, contact the WSC Department of Music at 402-375-7359.