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‘In the Mood for Jazz’? Alma Ensemble Has the Remedy

The concert features “an eclectic mix of jazz music so that the students can experience performing a variety of styles.”

<em>Alma College Jazz Ensemble</em> Alma College Jazz Ensemble

If you’re “In the Mood for Jazz,” the Alma College Jazz Ensemble invites you to the group’s annual fall concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 in the Remick Heritage Center.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

The concert features “an eclectic mix of jazz music so that the students can experience performing a variety of styles,” says Jeff Ayres, faculty director.

Arrangements include “Nutville” by Horace Silver, “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” by Dave Wolpe, “That September Feeling” by John Moss and “All of Me” by Lennie Niehaus.

In addition, the group will perform “Frosty the Bluesman” by Denver Bierma, “Sister Sadie” by Horace Silver, “Undecided” by Ed Wilson, and “In the Mood” by Joe Garland.

Summer Eipper, a junior from Greenville, will join the ensemble as a vocalist in “All of Me” and “Frosty the Bluesman.”

Student members include:

  • Andrew Belanger, Holland junior
  • Brandon Bruce, Kewadin sophomore
  • Mark Danks, Cheboygan sophomore
  • Bennett DuBois, Noblesville, Ind., junior
  • Benjamin Elliot, Mount Pleasant sophomore
  • Eric Ferrara, Livonia junior
  • Keegan Krapohl, Breckenridge sophomore
  • Aaron Krause, Kentwood senior
  • Luke Reed, Benzonia first-year student
  • Orlando Reyes, Harrison first-year student
  • Josh Stepke, Burtchville first-year student
  • David Viguilla, Roscommon first-year student

Also performing with the ensemble are community members Christian Gilbert (Alma College alumnus), Timm Johnson, Wade Metcalf and Tom Rice.

The ensemble is actively seeking bass, guitar and piano players for next semester. Anyone interested in filling these positions should contact Ayres at ayresj@greenville.k12.mi.us.

Story published on November 09, 2016