Jazz Styles Performed by Bethel Students

The Bethel College Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo will perform its 13th annual Jazz Coffeehouse Concert for free on Friday, Mar. 18, at 8 p.m. in the Bethel College Dining Commons.

A wide variety of jazz compositions and arrangements will be performed featuring Bethel students, including 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.

“I love the casual setting where people can enjoy light refreshments while listening to some wonderful music,” says Director Reginald Klopfenstein, D.M.

The Jazz Coffeehouse Concert events began in the spring of 1999 by Klopfenstein, who is also a professor of music at Bethel. The tradition and talent of the event will provide a night out for family and friends to enjoy the fine art of jazz music in an inexpensive way. 

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.