Jazz Styles Performed by Bethel Students

The Bethel College Jazz Ensemble,Jazz Combo and Faculty Jazz Trio will perform its 15th annual Jazz Coffeehouse Concert on Friday, Mar. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Bethel College Dining Commons. This event is free and open to the public.

A wide variety of jazz compositions and arrangements will be performed featuring Bethel students, including the music of  George Gershwin, Gordon Goodwin, Thad Jones, Sonny Rollins and more. Compositions include “Love is Here to Stay,” “Hit the Ground Running,” “A Child is Born,” “St. Thomas,” and traditional tunes “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” and “This Little Light of Mine.”

Soloists include: pianist Courtney Schrock, saxophonist Stephen Horton, drummer Jacob Grabill, trumpet players Jimmy Bennett and Renee Struwing, trombonist Everett Forrester, and vocalist Sarah Fish.

“I love the casual atmosphere where people can sip on a beverage while enjoying some great music,” saysDirector Reginald Klopfenstein, D.M.

The event will also include the Faculty Jazz Trio featuring Klopfenstein, Associate Professor of Religion/Bible John Dendui, Ph.D., and Professor of Music Mike Kendall, Ph.D.

The Jazz Coffeehouse Concert events began in the spring of 1999 by Klopfenstein, who is also a professor of music at Bethel. For more information call 574.807.7575.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations 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. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.