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Bethel College Performs Jazz Coffeehouse Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo

Bethel College's Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo will perform Friday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m. in the Dining Commons. The concert is open to the public and is free. For more information, call the fine arts department at 574.257.3393.

The Bethel College Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1996. The group is comprised of Bethel students from a wide variety of majors including: music education, music performance, elementary education, Christian ministries, theatre arts, science education, history, mathematics, sign language interpreting and business administration. The Jazz Ensemble performs music from across the spectrum of jazz history, such as swing, bebop, latin, blues and fusion. The ensemble performs on and off campus each semester, including a tour each February and the popular Jazz Coffeehouse Concert in March. The Jazz Combo is made up of musicians selected from the Jazz Ensemble and focuses on the development and refinement of improvisation skills, while fostering musical interaction between its players. The group's repertoire is drawn from a wide variety of jazz styles. Membership for both groups is by audition each August, during the registration period.

Reginald Klopfenstein, associate professor of music at Bethel College, Mishawaka, Ind., is the director of the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo and Percussion Ensemble. Additionally, each semester he also teaches applied percussion and courses in music theory and music history. From 1982-1991 Dr. Klopfenstein held the position of associate principal timpanist and percussionist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, working with many of today's leading conductors and solo artists including Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, Yehudi Menuhin, Andrew Litton, Erich Kunzel, Janos Starker, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck and Doc Sevrensin. He has also held the posts of principal percussionist and principal timpanist with the Columbus (IN) Philharmonic Orchestra and percussionist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dr. Klopfenstein remains active as a percussionist performing in solo recitals, chamber music, the Bethel Faculty Jazz Trio, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and other performing ensembles. His articles on percussion performance have been published in the journal of the Percussive Arts Society. He holds Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Indiana University School of Music and the Bachelor of Music degree from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. While at Indiana University he was awarded the Performer's Certificate for outstanding musical performance in percussion. He and his wife, Kay, are the parents of two sons, Matthew and Joshua.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,081 includes students from 29 states and Puerto Rico, 21 countries, more than 25 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.

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