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Ernie Haase brings ‘old-school’ jazzy Christmas to Community Concert stage
COURTESY PHOTO The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present Ernie Haase and Signature Sound Quartet performing their new show, “A Jazzy Little Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium.

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association welcomes back Ernie Haase and Signature Sound Quartet in December to present “A Jazzy Little Christmas.” The well-known quartet is returning after its popular first GBCCA performance, “Inspiration of Broadway,” in the association’s 2017-2018 season.

The Christmas concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone, Great Bend. This GBCCA event is open to association members. No single concert tickets are available, but full-time students will be admitted to the concert for a $5 donation at the door.

Led by Ernie Haase, Signature Sound vocal quartet is one of the finest southern gospel quartets, having performed across the United States and around the world. Backing them up will be a three-piece jazz ensemble.

“This is old-school jazz,” Haase said. “It has that classic Christmas feel, like Andy Williams, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett.”

But, the show has something for everyone. “It’s high energy,” he said, adding there are lights and even a snow machine.

“It is a three-generation show,” he said. It will appeal to grandparents as well as their grandchildren.

Haase began singing with the Cathedrals gospel group and has sung with the Gaither Homecoming Tour. He created “Inspiration of Broadway” and toured twice for the Allied Concert Association with every show receiving multiple standing ovations. This time, Haase and Signature Sound are bringing a true Christmas show with all the favorites, great vocal blend and polished showmanship.

The concert includes classic holiday tunes such as “Winter Wonderland” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” as well as sacred Christmas music including “Oh Holy Night,” “Silent Night,” and many more.

Based out of Stow, Ohio, the quartet is at the halfway point of a 21-day tour that started in Florida. They will end up in Haase’s hometown of Newberg, Ind., for the annual Christmas celebration.

“This is our busiest season,” Haase said. And, this year, the tour follows the release of the group’s latest holiday album “A Jazzy Little Christmas.” 

This means spending the season on the road. “We leave our Christmas decorations up to the end of January so we can see them,” he said.

But, “this is what we do,” he said. “It’s part of being a musician.”

The GBCCA’s 2019-2020 season will continue with Classic Nashville Roadshow on April 27, 2020, and Beginnings (Chicago Tribute Band) on May 11, 2020.

For more information about GBCCA, visit the association’s website:, or call 620-793-2748.