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April 20, 2016


Cowley College to present final jazz concert of the school year


On Tuesday, April 26, the Cowley College Music Department will present the final jazz concert of the school year which will feature the Cowley College Jazz Band and the Cowley College Jazz Combo.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre on Cowley College’s main campus in Ark City.

“I am truly excited to present these two groups to the public,” director of instrumental music Josh Fleig said. “These students have worked very hard this year and are sounding great.”

According to Fleig the jazz studies element at Cowley College has included a number of fantastic learning opportunities throughout the school year, beginning with the jazz retreat held in August at Prairie View Christian camp.

“The jazz retreat has become a tradition that I think serves our students well in a number of ways,” Fleig said. “It gives everyone a chance to get to know each other and to begin working on several fundamentals that form the foundation for the entire year.”

Another exciting experience this year was the presentation of a “Day in the Jazz Lab” by the Cowley College Jazz Initiative. This event included a full day of interactive clinics and workshops that was capped off with performances by the Cowley College Jazz Band and the Doug Talley Quartet, a group from Kansas City.

With this final concert Fleig said he wanted to showcase a small group, the Jazz Combo, in addition to the Jazz Band. The Jazz Combo is a sextet comprised of select members of the Jazz Band.

“We have had a combo at various times in years past,” Fleig said. “It always just depends on the talent and interest levels of the students in the large group. This year’s combo sounds truly amazing. We have some really great musical talent at Cowley!”

The concert on April 26 will begin with a set by the Jazz Combo which will be followed by a performance by the Jazz Band. Both groups promise an exciting and dynamic musical experience.

“We plan to blow the roof off the place!” Fleig said with a smile. “It’s going to be a great concert.”

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free and open to the public.