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Jazz Ensemble Presents ‘Poultry in Motion’

The spring concert includes “The Chicken,” “Lullaby of Birdland” and “Flight of the Foo Bird.”

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Birds provide the theme for the Alma College Jazz Ensemble spring concert. The group presents “Poultry in Motion” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 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. Searing is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

“This concert is a tribute to the senior members who have been a fundamental reason for our improvement over the years,” says director Jeff Ayres.

The program includes “The Chicken” by Alfred James Ellis, “Brazil” by Ary Barroso, “On the Sunny Side of the Street” by Jimmy McHugh, “Flight of the Foo Bird” by Neal Hefti and “’Round Midnight” by Thelonius Monk.

Other poultry themed pieces are “S’Wonderful” by George Gershwin, “At Last” by Harry Warren, “Seven Steps to Heaven” by Miles Davis, “Lullaby of Birdland” by George Shearing and “Well You Needn’t” by Thelonius Monk.

Student members include:

  • William Brown, Spring Lake first-year student
  • Brandon Bruce, Kewadin senior
  • Benjamin Elliot, Mount Pleasant senior
  • Bridget Eshelman, Rockford senior
  • Eric Ferrara, Livonia senior
  • Sarah Garrod, Haslett junior
  • Jacob Holt, Howell junior
  • Emily Kayden, Midland sophomore
  • Samuel Lindeman, Greenville junior
  • Samuel Markus, Jenison first-year student
  • Natasha Netzley, Breckenridge sophomore
  • Marisa Romano, Macomb senior
  • Jacob Reagan, Lowell sophomore
  • Luke Reed, Benzonia junior
  • Aubrey Root, Midland sophomore
  • Micah Schultz, Bay City first-year student
  • Chloe Sheler, Breckenridge sophomore
  • Joshua Stepke, Traverse City junior
  • Ethan Zalac, Marysville first-year student

Grant Teeple, an alto saxophonist attending Michigan State University, also will perform with the ensemble.

Story published on March 19, 2019