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Music on the Plaza: Juniata Jazz Groups to Hold Concert

(Posted April 7, 2008)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College Jazz Ensemble, the college's pipe percussion ensemble and two smaller combos will perform a concert at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, at the plaza in front of the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center on campus.

The concert is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the concert will move to Rosenberger Auditorium. The groups are conducted by James Latten, assistant professor of music.

The concert will open with the jazz ensemble, playing a tune made famous by Glenn Miller, "In the Mood." The group will also play such tunes as "Gumbo Caliente," "Sea Band Stomp" and "Sentimental Journey."

Alto saxophonist Tara Fitzsimmons, a mobile educator for Juniata's Science in Motion program, will be featured soloist on the Duke Ellington tune "Harlem Nocturne." The group will finish its segment by playing "Vehicle," the song made famous by the one-hit wonders, The Ides of March, and the standard "How High the Moon."

Juniata's PVC Percussion Ensemble, a group that uses large plastic pipes of varying lengths and sizes as percussion instruments, will perform various tunes such as "Conga," "La Bamba," "Limbo," Bobby McFerrin's hit "Don't Worry, Be Happy," the Drifters hit "Under the Boardwalk" and "Jump in the Line."

Members of Juniata's Musical Improvisation course, taught by Matt Dingo, lecturer in music, also will put their stamp on a few jazz standards. Latten will sit in on drums. The group will play "So What," by Miles Davis; "Mr. PC," by John Coltrane; "Maiden Voyage," by Herbie Hancock; "Song for My Father," by Horace Silver; "Watermelon Man," by Herbie Hancock; and "Summertime," by George Gershwin.

The Juniata Saxophone Quartet will perform a mix of classical and jazz selections.

Members of the Ensembles are as follows:

Jazz Ensemble

Alto saxophone: Tara Fitzsimmons, mobile chemistry educator with Science in Motion, and Seabury NeuCollins, a freshman from Solon, Iowa. Tenor saxophone: Logan Barkman, a senior from Roaring Spring, Pa. Clarinet: Steve Shmitt, a freshman from New Providence, Pa. Baritone Saxophone: Josh Fishel, a junior from Spring Grove, Pa. Trumpet: Tyler Kochel, a senior from Lancaster, Pa; Doug Wennick, a community member; and Aaron Shotts, a senior from Everett, Pa. Trombone: Adam Fehn, a freshman from Mercersburg, Pa. Piano: Aggie Kwon, a senior from Enola, Pa.; and Sara Bean, a freshman from Greencastle, Pa. Drums: Dan Popernack, a senior from Hummelstown, Pa. and Sergio Lopez, a freshman from Edison, N.J. Bass: Chris Hegland, a freshman from West Chester, Pa.

PVC Pipe Ensemble

Kelley Stewart, a freshman from Point Marion, Pa.; Bridget Hughes, a freshman from Troy, Pa.; Katy Vanderau, a sophomore from Scotland Pa.; Sergio Lopez, a freshman from Edison, N.J. and Seabury NeuCollins, from Solon, Iowa.

Saxophone Quartet

The quartet is alto saxophonists Dwight Bard, a senior from Warfordsburg, Pa., and Andy Fornadel, a senior from Columbia, Md.; tenor saxophonist Logan Barkman, a senior from Roaring Spring, Pa.; and baritone saxophonist Josh Fishel, a senior from Spring Grove, Pa.
Music Improvisation Group

Drums: James Latten, assistant professor of music. Bass: Philip Dunwoody, assistant professor of psychology. Piano: Dan Cook-Huffman, assistant dean of students; and Jason Hoover, a senior from Wilmington, Del. Guitar: Matt Dingo, lecturer in music; Eric Hoover, a senior from Wilmington, Del.; Andy Papale, a senior from State College, Pa.; and Mike Wilson, a junior from Columbus, N.J. Trumpet: Tyler Kochel, a senior from Lancaster, Pa. Vocals: Marci Chamberlain, a sophomore from Williamsburg, Pa.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.