The University Concert Band and Brass Ensemble gave a joint concert at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 28, at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward. Then, the Spring JazzFest opened at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2, in the Weller Hall auditorium. Finally, the Concordia Handbell Choir and Handbell Choir II performed a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, in the Music Center’s recital hall. All concerts were open to the public at no charge.
The Brass Ensemble explored a wide variety of music, performing four selections for brass. The ensemble opened with “Legends of the Pacific,” a two-movement piece by Frank Gulino. In “Barn Dance” by Murray Houliff, players will use a series of body percussion to create a galloping sound along with the brass timbres. Other selections include “Circus Bee” by Henry Fillmore and “Rejouissance,” a song by James Curnow that will feature Paul Soulek on organ. Soulek is the cantor at Seward’s St. John Lutheran Church. The Brass Ensemble is conducted by Dr. Wendy Schultz, adjunct brass instructor.
Concordia’s University Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Choir each performed at the annual Spring JazzFest May 2. Selections include a Kerry Marsh arrangement of “Uninvited” by Alanis Morissette, a jazz arrangement of “Skylark” by Norman Luboff and “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas and the Papas. The choir is conducted by Professor of Music Dr. Kurt von Kampen, and the instrumental ensemble is directed by Assistant Professor of Music Andrew Schultz.
Both the Concordia Handbell Choir and Handbell Choir II performed a selection of Lent and Easter music, as well as original handbell compositions. Led by adjunct instructor Jessica Kite, the choirs’ songs will include percussion, bells and chimes. The Handbell Choir played a new, fast-paced piece titled, “Exultate,” as well as a jazz version of “All Creatures of Our God and King.” The choirs then joined for a combined piece.
Audience members were invited to try playing the bells after the performance.
Concert Band (students and community members):
Alyssa Miller, freshman, Sioux City, Iowa, horn
Ashley Hecht, Crete, Neb., trumpet
Beth Holle, freshman, Stewartstown, Pa., percussion
Brianna Rerucha, junior, Columbus, Neb., percussion
Bruce Dickinson, Seward, Neb., horn
Bryson Pond, senior, Arkansas City, Kan., percussion
Caroline Jeppesen, Pleasant Dale, Neb., horn
Carrie Jo Hartman, junior, Onawa, Iowa, bass clarinet
Carter Morris, freshman, Columbus, Neb., clarinet
Cassie Boeka, freshman, North Platte, Neb., trumpet
Dan Hicks, Lincoln, Neb., euphonium
David Wesely, Garland, Neb., horn
Derek Theiss, sophomore, Farrar, Mo., tenor saxophone
Erik Geilenkirchen, sophomore, North Platte, Neb., trumpet
Gary Schweitzer, Seward, Neb., tuba
Hannah Rose, freshman, Louisville, Neb., clarinet
Heather Rasch, freshman, Jos, Nigeria, flute
Heidi Brownson, Malcolm, Neb., trumpet
Joanie Brecka, David City, Neb., trumpet
Johanna Meyer, freshman, Shelton, Neb., flute
Jordan Schut, freshman, Scribner, Neb., alto saxophone
Josh Wudtke, freshman, Collinsville, Ill., percussion
Joshua Weishaar, junior, Salinas, Calif., trumpet
Julie Banning, Lincoln, Neb., clarinet
Kara Blase, freshman, Hordville, Neb., flute
Karina Keating, freshman, Woodstock, Ill., flute
Kyle Hinkel, Utica, Neb., euphonium
Libby Klein, freshman, Northfield, Minn., trombone
Megan Seim, freshman, Chapman, Neb., clarinet
Micah Thiessen, junior, Lincoln, Neb., trumpet
Paul Nelson, freshman, Norfolk, Neb., tenor saxophone
Rebecca Trautman, junior, Moorhead, Minn., clarinet
Robin Schoettlin, Lincoln, Neb., alto saxophone
Ryan Carsten, sophomore, Milford, Neb., tuba
Sam Boardman, freshman, Henderson, Neb., trumpet
Sarah Smith, junior, Unadilla, Neb., flute
Shannon Ward, Crete, Neb., clarinet
Sydney Heimann, freshman, Galesburg, Ill., trombone
Van Vahle, Seward, Neb., baritone, saxophone
Benjamin Sievert, junior, Frankenmuth, Mich., trumpet
Hannah Weber, junior, Manchester, Iowa, trombone
Jennifer Reynolds, sophomore, Fort Wayne, Ind., trumpet
Jessica Krome, senior, Fairmont, Minn., horn
Nick Harding, junior, Yerington, Nev., euphonium
Ryan Gross, freshman, Riverside, Calif., trumpet
Zach Hagenson, senior, Bellevue, Neb., tuba
Andrew Van Velson, senior, North Platte, Neb., playing guitar in Jazz Ensemble
Andrew Malan, senior, Lincoln, Neb., playing alto saxophone in Jazz Ensemble
Ben Sievert, junior, Frankenmuth, Mich., playing trumpet in Jazz Ensemble
Carlie Mueller, freshman, Frankenmuth, Mich., playing alto saxophone in Jazz Ensemble
Cole Berry, freshman, Seward, Neb., playing trombone in Jazz Ensemble
Erin Kelley, senior, Danbury, Neb., playing alto saxophone in Jazz Ensemble
Hannah Weber, junior, Manchester, Iowa, playing trombone in Jazz Ensemble
Jennifer Reynolds, sophomore, Fort Wayne, Ind., playing trumpet in Jazz Ensemble
Johnathon Carnoali, junior, Hampton, Neb., playing tenor saxophone in Jazz Ensemble
Josh Wudtke, freshman, Collinsville, Ill., playing drums in Jazz Ensemble
Karl Rovey, junior, Springfield, Mo., playing trumpet in Jazz Ensemble
Nathanael Pfeil, senior, Hiawatha, Iowa, playing bass in Jazz Ensemble
Nick Harding, junior, Yerington, Nev., playing trombone in Jazz Ensemble
Olivia Oetting, senior, Seward, Neb., playing trombone in Jazz Ensemble
Paul Gaschler, junior, Imperial, Neb., playing baritone saxophone in Jazz Ensemble
Robert Cody, senior, trumpet, Alamosa, Colo., playing trumpet in Jazz Ensemble
Ryan Gross, freshman, Riverside, Calif., playing trumpet in Jazz Ensemble
Sarah Langness, senior, Larned, Kan., playing tenor saxophone in Jazz Ensemble
Sean Carpenter, junior, Hollis, N.H., playing piano in Jazz Ensemble
Vocal Jazz Choir:
Adrienne Langewisch, junior, Seward, Neb., alto
Andrea von Kampen, sophomore, Seward, Neb., soprano
Arianne Greco, junior, Papillion, Neb., soprano
Brianna Rerucha, junior, Columbus, Neb., soprano
Clara Rich, freshman, Lincoln, Neb., alto
Evan Root, junior, Naples, Fla., tenor
Jonathan Jahnke, sophomore, West Fargo, N.S., tenor
Jordan Miller, junior, Tomball, Texas, tenor
Joshua Weishaar, junior, Salinas, Calif., bass
Julie Marquardt, senior, Janesville, Minn., alto
Karen Burgess, sophomore, Lee’s Summit, Mo., soprano
Luke Wohlgemuth, junior, Alton, Iowa, bass
Megan Sparling, sophomore, Columbus, Neb., alto
Michael Scheer, senior, Lincoln, Neb., bass
Sarah Lohmeyer, senior, Lincoln, Neb., alto
Zachary Klatt, junior, Overland Park, Kan., tenor
Abigail Connick, senior, Salida, Calif.
Andrea Leising, sophomore, Arapahoe, Neb.
Barbara Leising, junior, Arapahoe, Neb.
Cenedra White, senior, Fulton, Mo.
Christian Schultz, junior, Wamego, Kan.
Christopher Wilson, junior, Fremont, Calif.
Danielle Jarvis, senior, Hamilton, Mont.
Ellen Franzmeier, senior, Newell, Iowa
Emily Wood, senior, Osceola, Neb.
Eric Souer, freshman, Venetia, Pa.
Erik Geilenkirchen, sophomore, North Platte, Neb.
Hannah Weber, junior, Manchester, Iowa
James Clausen, junior, Hull, Iowa
Jennifer Reynolds, sophomore, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Joel Marquardt, junior, Denver, N.C.
Justin Tayon, senior, Belleville, Ill.
Karen Burgess, sophomore, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Kelli Ryddner, sophomore, Mount Pleasant, Wis.
Lara Bergdolt, senior, Grand Island, Neb.
Leah Maag, junior, Waterloo, Ill.
Maria Sasieta, junior, Carrollton, Ill.
Mary Leising, junior, Arapahoe, Neb.
Nick Harding, junior, Yerington, Nev.
Rachel Dahlke, junior, Everett, Wash.
Rebecca Trautman, junior, Moorhead, Minn.
Rebekah Holten, junior, Nicollet, Minn.
Ryan Gross, freshman, Riverside, Calif.
Thomas Hatesohl, senior, Clay Center, Kan.