Jazz Ensemble Gets Sentimental with Swing

Arrangements include “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder, “Bein’ Green” by Joe Ruposo and “It Don’t Mean a Thing” by Duke Ellington.

The Alma College Jazz Ensemble The Alma College Jazz Ensemble

The Alma College Jazz Ensemble performs “We’re Getting Sentimental” for its annual fall concert featuring swing-era jazz.

Performance time is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. Tickets are $15 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.

Arrangements on the program include “Coconut Champagne” by Denis DiBlassio, “I’m Beginning to See the Light” by Rory Bourke, “Caravan” by Juan Tizol, “Chattanooga Choo Choo” by Mack Gordon and “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder.

In addition, the ensemble will play “Bein’ Green” by Joe Ruposo featuring Bennett DuBois on trombone, “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” by George Bassman featuring Eric Ferrara on trombone, “Save the Last Dance for Me” by Mort Shuman and “It Don’t Mean a Thing” by Duke Ellington featuring vocalist Samuel Lindeman.

Student members include:
• Andrew Belanger, Holland senior
• Brandon Bruce, Kewadin junior
• Chloe Sheler, Breckenridge first-year student
• Mark Danks, Cheboygan junior
• Bennett DuBois, Noblesville, Ind., senior
• Benjamin Elliot, Mount Pleasant junior
• Bridget Eshleman, Rockford sophomore
• Eric Ferrara, Livonia senior
• Wade Fullerton, Tustin first-year student
• Sarah Garrod, Haslett sophomore
• Hannah Gibbs, Paw Paw first-year student
• Jacob Holt, Howell sophomore
• Samuel Lindeman, Cedar Springs sophomore
• Natasha Netzley, Breckenridge first-year student
• Luke Reed, Benzonia sophomore
• Josh Stepke, Burtchville sophomore
• Zavien Stickler, Essexville junior
• David Viguilla, Roscommon sophomore

Also performing with the ensemble is Michigan State University student Grant Steeple.

The Alma College Jazz Ensemble is seeking additional alto saxophone players to join its ranks next semester. Interested persons should contact faculty advisor Jeff Ayres at

Story published on November 09, 2017