Bethel Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo Tour Heads West

The Bethel College Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo will begin their annual Jazz Tour on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. at Groveland Missionary Church in Groveland, Ill.; Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, Iowa; and Sunday, Feb. 19, at 10:15 a.m. at Trenton Missionary Church in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

The tour is under the direction of Reginald Klopfenstein, D.M., professor of music. The concerts will feature the music of Gordon Goodwin, Arturo Sandoval, the Glen Miller Band and the Count Basie Band. Compositions include “Act Your Age,” “Funky Cha Cha,” “A String of Pearls” and “Hay Burner.”

Trombonist Everett Forrester, trumpet player Joshua Klopfenstein, saxophonist Steve Horton, pianist Courtney Schrock, drummer Jacob Grabill and vocalist Rachel Wilkins will be among the featured soloists.

All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the music department at 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 2,100 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.