November 27, 2012 12:00AM
The Pittsburg State University Jazz Ensembles will perform their final concert of 2012 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium. The university’s jazz students will be joined by the Southeast Kansas area honor jazz band, which is composed of high school students from the Kansas Music Educators Association District II schools. The performance is free and open to the public.
The Jazz Ensemble I program includes a wide variety of music, including classics such as Count Basie’s “April in Paris,” the Buddy Rich Band’s “West Side Story,” and RadioHead’s “Paranoid Android.” There will also be tunes from the libraries of Louie Bellson, Herbbie Hancock, Don Menza and others.
Jazz Ensemble II will feature Carthage (Mo.) Junior High School Band Director Matt Bennett and PSU student conductors Josiah Hashman, from Pittsburg, and Alex Wiedermann, from Carthage.
Students in the KMEA District II Jazz Ensemble auditioned in November for this select group. They represent several area schools, including Pittsburg, Columbus, Iola, Uniontown and Baxter Springs.
Jazz Ensemble I is under the direction of Bob Kehle. Jazz Eensemble II and the KMEA District Two Ensemble are under the direction of Todd Hastings.