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November 8, 2012


Jazz Band and CC Singers team to make beautiful music

Demonstrating the spirit of unity that Jazz Band director Josh Fleig and CC Singers director Connie ConcertDonatelli have created within the Cowley College music department, the two groups collaborated for the fall concert Thursday night in the Robert Brown Theatre.

Playing in front of a large crowd, the groups gave a performance to remember.

“Last night’s performance was spectacular,” Fleig said. “The flow created between the two groups was seamless and utterly exciting. I couldn’t be more proud of how the Jazz Band and CC Singers sounded.”

The program consisted of Basie Eyes by Shorty Rogers (Jazz Band), Blues for Kapp by Marty Paich (Jazz Band), Doin’ It A Cappella by Kirby Shaw (CC Singers), Prime Time Blues by The Real Group (CC Singers), Spring Ain’t Here by Pat Metheny (Jazz Band), You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To by Cole Porter (CC Singers), Hobo Flats by Oliver Nelson (Jazz Band), September Swing by Bob Curnow (Jazz Band), James Bond Theme (CC Singers), The Nearness of You by Hoagy Carmichael (CC Singers), I Wish by Stevie Wonder (CC Singers), and Pick Up the Pieces by The Average White Band (Jazz Band).

Nearly every member of the band improvised at least one solo, and the ensemble playing was tight and together.

Sharing the stage is the same approach the Jazz Band and CC Singers took at last year’s spring concert and the response from the audience was once again overwhelming.

“It was an amazing evening and both Josh and I are so proud of the accomplishments of our music students and joining together last night was incredible,” Donatelli said. “We are looking forward to collaborating again next semester.”

The groups plan to continue this momentum into next semester and work hard all the way to the Jazz festival in Greeley, CO in April.

“What a thrill it is to teach music at Cowley,” Fleig said.

Members of the Jazz Band were, Jake Loftus, William Bucher, Alyssa Eli, Blake Gillihan, Mollie Talbert, Lara Schmidt, Alex Smitely, Tyler Beach, Ella Riddle, Jaci Hall, Sarah Enderud, Josh Waldorf, Amy Jo Gragert, Nathan Metzinger, Matt Allen, KC Udarbe, Cameron Crabtree, Justin Davis, Cody Waggoner, and Jordan Butler.

The CC singers were, Rebekah Anliker, Dylan Berry, Jordan Butler, Anthony Caldera, Joseph Descartes, Devin Dice, Megan Hamlett, Sidney Hogan, Libby Hooley, Rachel McAfee, Alex Myers, Marissa Spainhower, Ben Stranghoner, Kyle White, Kristan Wiedeman, and Jason Williams.

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