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GCCC Jazz and Concert Bands to perform
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There’s still time to get in on attending Garden City Community College’s final instrumental music concert of the academic year, the Spring Instrumental Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on May 12 in the auditorium of the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building.
Conducted by Jim McAllister, director of bands, the program is free and the public is welcome. It will feature the GCCC Concert Band and the GCCC Jazz Ensemble.
The Jazz Ensemble will present “Count Bubba’s Revenge,” by Gordon Goodwin, arranged by Ralph Ford; the Bonfa and Dubey number, “Gentle Rain,” arranged by Lisa DeSpain; “Mr. Casual,” by Les Hooper; and “Curly Q’s Blues,” by Matt Harris.  The full band is performing “Colonel Bogey,” by Kenneth J. Alford; a series of Cole Porter Classics, arranged by Douglas Wagner; and a humorous PDQ Bach piece called “Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion.” The band is also presenting “Selections from West Side Story,” including a group of Leonard Bernstein numbers from the popular musical, arranged by Jay Bocook; and a series of combined pieces by John Cacavas, called “Star Spangled Spectacular -- The Music of George M. Cohan.”
The band includes Krisha Baker of Garden City, on flute; Jessie Noble and Rachel Swank, both of Garden City, Nikki Pentheny of Lakin, and Nancy Wiebe of Plains, all playing trumpet; and Cheyenne Thomas of Garden City, on oboe; as well as a clarinet section made up of Pam Alexander of Ulysses, Dustin Hopkins of Scott City, Samantha Lobmeyer of Leoti, and Jericah Ravenstein of Great Bend.
Others include Caitlin Kinsey of Ulysses, horn; Rosaleen Amante of Garden City, double bass; Dylan Carr of Lakin, euphonium; David Welch of Larned, tuba; Marianne Lawrence of Dighton, alto saxophone; Cherlyn Suderman of Garden City, tenor saxophone; and Matthew Williams of Leoti, baritone saxophone; as well as a trombone section made up of Brandon Salter of Holcomb, and DJ Turner of Garden City.  Percussion will be handled by Kalen Anderson of Lakin, and Evan Mangan of Garden City.
The jazz group is made up of Hopkins, Noble, Pentheny, Wiebe, Kinsey, Lobmeyer, Ravenstein, Lawrence, Salter, Turner, Suderman, Welch, Anderson, Mangan and Amante.
The concert will be the third year-end GCCC music performance in the span of a week. The college is also hosting the GCCC Vocal Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. May 5 in the fine arts auditorium, and the 2011 Sonatina Festival at 1 p.m. May 7 at the Garden City Presbyterian Church.