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The Jazz Ensemble was great, with talented students on a variety of instruments.

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“Riding on a Blue Note” and “Sunset and the Mockingbird” were two of the jazzy melodies that entertained the audience of the MVC Jazz Ensemble concert on Thursday evening, Jan. 17, in the Eckilson-Mabee Theater.

Joe Graham on guitar and Dr. Michael Sekelsky on drums.

Joe Graham on guitar and Michael Sekelsky on drums.

The jazz ensemble, directed by Garry Anders, Charles Ferguson, and Chuck Appleton, showcased the talents of many student musicians and guests. The jazz ensemble musicians include, for saxophone, Brooke Boulware, Mario Bennett, Jessica Riggins, David Chael, and Aryana Nemati; for trumpet, Nick Hern, James Withers, Brian Phillips, and Shawn Griddine; for trombone, Ron Curtis, Jacque Toney, and Kelsey Bayless; for piano, Michael Martin; for guitar, Joe Graham and Ryan Martin; for bass, Emily Mays and Ryan Martin; for trap set, Dr. Michael Sekelsky; and for percussion, Emily Mays.

The concert included jazz numbers composed by Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. Anders said Duke Ellington was a one of his favorite jazz musicians.

Upcoming concerts are Jan. 19 for the Jazz Festival, held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the Eckilson-Mabee Theater, that features high school musicians; Feb. 26 for Concert Band; April 23 for Concert Band; and April 25 for Jazz Band.  Concert Band performances are at Beuker Middle School. Jazz performances are at the Eckilson-Mabee Theater.

Emily Mays and James Withers.

Emily Mays and James Withers.

The Jazz Ensemble was great, with talented students on a variety of instruments.

The Jazz Ensemble was great, with talented students on a variety of instruments.

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