High school students selected for SEK Honors Jazz Ensemble to rehearse, perform at Pitt State on Thursday

PITTSBURG - High school students who made the cut at recent auditions for the Southeast Kansas Honors Jazz Ensemble will present a joint concert with the Pittsburg State University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The audience can expect to hear works from the libraries of Count Basie, Stan Kenton, and more, from classics like "I Told You So" and "Yesterdays," to "Secret Love" and "Strike Up the Band."

Members of the SEK Honors Jazz Ensemble, including alternates, are Meranda Belew, Brittney Bramblett, Alejandra Cornelio, Kiel O'Neal, and Steven Speer, all of Pittsburg; Kassy Shelby, Quentin Mallette, and Madi Carlin, all of Iola; Ayden Adamson, Jakob Gowens, Monte Jones, Jayden Jarvis, Kameron Allen, and Ethan Oglesby, all of Galena; Payton Ward, Donivan Darrow, Trenton Shamblin, Matthew Gardner, and Brayden Smith, all of Independence; Jacob Stark and David Burns, both of Erie; Jace Swindell of Coffeyville; and Tyler Secrest of Garnett-Anderson County.

Directors of the high schools represented who will be participating in day-long rehearsals are Cooper Neil of Pittsburg, Erin Shelton of Independence, Andrea Dinkel of Galena, Ranie Wahlmeier of Iola, Brian Nagle of Coffeyville, and Blake Long of Erie.

The guest conductor for the honor ensemble is PSU’s own Todd Hastings, a professor of trumpet and an acclaimed performer and clinician in both the classical and commercial fields. His credits include performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Doc Severinson, Aretha Franklin, Henry Mancini, and has performed as Lead Trumpet for the Broadway Touring company's production of Chicago. His students have performed at the National Trumpet Competition, International Trumpet Guild Convention, and the Chicago Brass Festival.