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November 30, 2007

Cowley College Singers/Jazz Band shine in performance


Jazz ConcertPerforming in the Robert Brown Theatre on Thursday, the Cowley College Singers and Jazz Band gave a pair of exhilarating performances.

Josh Fleig, who is in his second year as director of the Jazz Band, was pleased with the performance.

“Last night's performance was very exciting,” Fleig said. “For several of the band members it was their first time to perform jazz music. I am especially proud of all those that played improvised solos. Improvisation is a core element of jazz music and requires theoretical knowledge that is unique to the idiom. It also takes skill, technique and a whole lot of guts. It was so gratifying to see the hard work of the semester pay off.”

Soloists were Ben Byers, Tiffany Wright, Bryan Massey, Travis Hayden, Sarah Davidson, Travis Gaskill, Matt Nelson, Chris Robinette, Steven Davis, Kevin High, Richard Gould, and Rich Abrams.

Members of the Cowley College singers performed a medley of songs from the Temptations, The Four Tops, Ray Charles and Otis Redding. Connie Donatelli serves as the director of the Cowley College Singers.

“The students stepped up to the plate and performed their hearts out,” Donatelli said.

Steve Butler served as the assistant director and accompanist for the Cowley College Singers, while Jennifer Blatchford was the choreographer.

“Jennifer Blatchford has done an outstanding job of choreographing the show and we are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead,” Donatelli said.

The Cowley College Singers were recently invited to open the first session of the Chair Academy’s 17th Annual International Leadership Conference. The conference is in Denver, Colo. April 1-4, 2008. The choir will be performing at Friends University in Wichita the night before they leave, and will stop for two performances at high schools on their way to Denver. Their next stop will be a performance in Estes Park, Colo. before returning to Arkansas City.

Cowley College Singers are:
Will Brantley, Brady Flock, Joe Lauer, Chris Loftin, Shawn Ming, Kathy Moon, Sarah Richardson, Candace Scott, Chelsea Sona, Anna Stevens, Elisha Swope, Amanda Watson, Zach Winter, Trevor Whitsitt, and Chelsea Zimmerman.

Jazz Band members are:
Steven Davis, Angel Chavez, Matt Nelson, Richard Gould, Brian Massey, Kevin High, Travis Hayden, Travis Gaskill, Tiffany Wright, Nathan Cottingham, Chris Loftin, Rich Abrams, Ben Byers, Chris Robinette, Dan Hasenbank, Derek Sexton-Vaden, Wes Bannon, Lacey Brown, and Eric Fraley.