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Jazz Band Performing in Concert November 16

by Lauren McGuire, Student Public Relations Writer

The Jazz Band at Cedarville University will perform in concert on Monday,  Nov.  16, at 5 p.m. in the Dixon Ministry Center Jeremiah Chapel. This event is free and open to the public.

The concert will occur according to COVID protocols, including masks and social distancing.

Although COVID restrictions have deeply affected a lot of music groups, the Jazz Band has not had the total makeover that a lot of music groups have had at Cedarville. The only major change will be the band spread out more across the stage.

“Since we are performing in the chapel this year rather than the recital hall, where we usually play our concerts, there is plenty of space for everyone,” said Dr. Chet Jenkins, assistant professor of music and Jazz Band director. “The audience experience should have minimal changes other than seeing the band stretched out more across the stage.”

The Jazz Band will play a number of exciting tunes, including “Armando’s Rhumba” by Chick Corea, “BeBop Charlie” by Bob Florence, and popular tunes from the Stan Kenton Book, Malaguena. A classic written by Sammy Nestico called “The Heat’s On,” a jazz piece, will also be played at this concert.

“We have a fantastic French horn studio and the Malaguena piece requires four horns, so we will bring horn players from the Wind Symphony to help with that piece,” said Jenkins.

“While we have, as a society, tried to move back to some element of normalcy during the course of this pandemic, we have very few opportunities to come together and enjoy music,” Jenkins said. “I think it is important for us to be able to engage in concerts and other corporate events together, as we are able to.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,550 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including the Bachelor of Arts in Music program, strong graduation, and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit                                 

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