Bethel Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo to Tour in Michigan

The Bethel College Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo will perform their annual February Jazz Tour in Michigan on Friday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Davison Missionary Church; Saturday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. at Vestaburg Community School; and Sunday, Feb. 20, at 9:30 a.m. at Vestaburg Church of Christ.

The tour is under the direction of Reginald Klopfenstein, D.M., professor of music. The concerts will feature students performing the music of Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, Thad Jones, Tito Puente and many others.  Compositions include “In the Mood,” “A Mighty Fortress,” “Cry Me a River,” “Gospel John” and “I Got Rhythm.” Guitarist Bear Riggs, saxophonist Mackenzie Borst and vocalist Samantha Hartsough will be among the featured soloists.

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 2,100 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.