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March 30, 2015

Cowley plays host to the smooth sounds of the Friends University Faculty Jazz Quintet


Jazz QuintetThe Friends University Faculty Jazz Quintet filled Cowley College’s Band Room with inspiring sounds during the set they performed on Friday afternoon.

The quintet’s performance at Cowley followed a performance at Arkansas City High School earlier in the day.

The performance was attended by members of the Cowley College Jazz Band and Concert Band as well as community members.

“It was so inspiring, they sounded fantastic,” director of instrumental music Josh Fleig said. “They are such accomplished musicians and there is nothing like hearing live music.”

The quintet is headed up by Friends University Jazz Director, Lisa Hittle, and features four additional Friends faculty members. Hittle, who has been the director of jazz studies at Friends University for more than 20 years, is a saxophone player who was recruited by the Stan Kenton Orchestra when she was still a student at Kansas State University. She was joined by trumpeter Jeff Gordon, guitarist Randy Zellers, bassist Dan Racer, and drummer Bill Glenn.

Lisa and Jeff are graduates of Winfield High School, while Randy grew up in Douglass, KS.

“I want to thank Josh (Fleig) for having us down to perform,” Hittle said.

Fleig has had several of his former students transfer on to Friends University once they graduated from Cowley.

“We have developed a good relationship with Friends University,” Fleig said. “Our students that transfer there really learn a lot.”

The Cowley College Jazz Band and CC Singers will have their chance to shine when they share the Robert Brown Theatre stage for a concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.

“We are excited about the opportunity to promote jazz on campus and in the community,” Fleig said.