Hot Jazz in Fayette November 15

CMU Jazz Band in performance

The CMU Jazz Band plays for the newest sculpture “Fender Bender” in the Ashby-Hodge Sculpture Garden. Row 1 (from left): John Hennessy, Nathan Verhulst, Brendan Wiesehan, Curtis Lierheimer, Duane Watson, Ryan Nakanishi, Matthew Jones, Gannon Craig, and co-director Jo Ellen Shroyer;  Row 2: Josh Miller, Ted Spayde, Ryan Lewis, Kevin Helmerichs, Michael Arnold, Ani Milovich, Rowan Hynick, Bryan Berliner, and director Dr. Ron ShroyerFew performances in this area can satisfy lovers of jazz like the Central Methodist University Jazz Band. The band will present its fall concert on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Linn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Fayette campus.

The jazz band is comprised of 15 hot instruments played by CMU men, and one feisty woman on the sizzling piano. Together they are directed by Dr. Ron Shroyer, CMU adjunct of music and dean emeritus of the Swinney Conservatory of Music.

The repertoire, from which the songs will be chosen, includes “All of Me,” arranged by Billy Byers with soloists Ani Milovich (sophomore from Catawissa) and Ryan Lewis (senior from Kaiser); “Basically Blues” by Phil Wilson with soloists Milovich, Kevin Helmerichs (junior from Lake Ozark), and Matthew Johnson (junior from Pacific); “Blue Monk” by Thelonious Monk and arranged by Ron Shroyer with soloists Helmerichs, Lewis, Johnson, and Josh Miller (junior from Waynesville);

“Chickenscratch” by Les Hooper with soloists Curtis Lierheimer (junior from Mexico), John Hennessy (sophomore from Independence), and Helmerichs; “Come in From the Rain” by Melissa Manchester, arranged by Jerry Nowak with guest solo vocalist Dr. Laura Wiebe, CMU assistant professor of music;

“Let’s Get it Goin’” by Ron Shroyer; “Summer Time” by George Gershwin and arranged by Shroyer with soloists Helmerichs, Lewis, and Wiebe; “Star Dust” by Hoagy Carmichael and arranged by Shroyer with soloist Johnson; “Strike Up the Band” by George and Ira Gershwin and arranged by Jack Cooper;

“S’Wonderful” by George Gershwin and arranged by John Berry with soloist Lewis; “Triste” by Antonio Carlos Jobim and arranged by Shroyer with soloist Dr. Wiebe; “You Came a Long Way from St. Louis” by Russell and Brooks and arranged by Sammy Nestico with soloists Lierheimer and Milovich;

“Wave” by Jobim and arranged by Shroyer with soloist Brendan Wiesehan (sophomore from Villa Ridge); and “What is This Thing Called Love” by Cole Porter and arranged by Shroyer.

Other members of the jazz band include Rowan Hynick (sophomore from Marshall), Ryan Nakanishi (freshman from Rolla), Nathan Verhulst (freshman from Belton), Bryan Berliner (freshman from Hermann), Duane Watson (sophomore from Dixon), Michael Arnold (sophomore from Marceline), Gannon Craig (junior from Salem), and Central alumnus Ted Spayde ’70.


Posted November 7, 2016