Jazz Ensemble to Present Superhero-Themed Halloween Concert

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Musicians perform in costume at a previous Jazz Ensemble Halloween concert.

Oct. 24, 2014 

Craving some jazz music along with your Halloween candy? The Illinois Wesleyan School of Music’s Jazz Ensemble will present their popular Halloween concert Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall. This year’s concert features a superhero theme, and is free and open to the public.

“The IWU Jazz Ensemble Halloween concert will feature the most swinging, funky, bluesy and overall spooktacular music the Twin Cities has to offer on Friday night,” said conductor Timothy Pitchford, assistant professor of music. “Come in costume as your favorite superhero and enjoy the MARVELous student musicians we have at Illinois Wesleyan.”

The program includes: “One-Two-Three” by Greg Yasinitsky, “JJ’s Friends” by David Caffey, “The Cheese That Time Forgot” by Dan Gailey, “Emily” composed by Johnny Mandel and Johnny Mercer and arranged by Bill Rogers, and “Some Skunk Funk” composed by Randy Brecker and arranged by Mark Taylor.

The performance will feature the following soloists: Matt Mason ’16 of Lincoln, Ill. (piano), J.J. Novak ’16 of Park Ridge, Ill. (alto), Sam Aronson ’15 of Highland Park, Ill. (tenor), Robby Kuntz ’18 of Bloomington, Ill. (drums), Greg Goeden ’15 of Batavia, Ill. (trumpet), Zach Silver ’18 of Vernon Hills, Ill. (bass), Zach Siegel ’15 of La Grange, Ill. (trombone), Andy Seidel ’15 of Flossmoor, Ill. (trombone), Natalie Howard ’15 of Aurora, Ill. (vocal), Bethany Salm ’15 of Normal, Ill. (vocal), Guillame Kirsch ’18 of New Orleans (baritone), and Shaun Schaefers ’16 of Aurora, Ill. (trumpet).

By Danielle Kamp ’15