Mount Union Jazz and Steel Bands to Perform

April 07, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union Jazz and Steel Bands, under the direction of lecturer of percussion Jeff Neitzke, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10 in Brush Performance Hall located in the Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

Jazz band participants include senior political science and international studies major Sara Hall of Canton, Ohio; freshman Japanese and English major Ashley Gilbert of Dublin, Ohio; freshman marketing major Nadya Stratton of Boardman, Ohio; sophomore psychology major Martin Zapata of Mexico City, Mexico; freshman music major Chris Garton of North Canton, Ohio;
freshman National Security and Foreign Intelligence Analysis major Jake Nees of Twinsburg, Ohio; junior music performance major Chris Jones of Solon, Ohio; senior international studies and Japanese major Kevin Princic of Stow, Ohio; senior chemistry and history major Jordan Fitch of Stow, Ohio; junior biology major Megan Kurz of Rocky River, Ohio; junior criminal justice major Zach Irwin of Pulask, Pennsylvania; and senior biology major Taylor Nervo of Louisville, Ohio.

Steel band participants include junior computer science major Tim Bagnola of Canton, Ohio; senior mechanical engineering major Jesse Cassidy of Painesville, Ohio; sophomore Connor Funk of Painesville, Ohio; senior music major Lizi Glanemann of Clyde, Ohio; senior political science and international studies major Sara Hall of Canton, Ohio; sophomore marketing major Alex Krutkiewicz of Amherst, Ohio; junior biology major Megan Kurz of Rocky River, Ohio; freshman National Security and Foreign Intelligence Analysis major Jake Nees of Twinsburg, Ohio; freshman Rachel Powley of Richmond, Ohio; junior psychology major Zack Shankle of Somerdale, Ohio;  senior international studies and Japanese major Kevin Princic of Stow, Ohio; junior psychology major Zack Shankle of Somerdale, Ohio; and senior biology major Elizabeth Wamsley of Akron, Ohio.

Under the direction of Jeff Neitzke, the Jazz Band explores all styles in the jazz idiom. Students perform traditional swing, big band, funk and rock, as well as more modern jazz sounds and various Latin jazz styles. The ensemble adapts each semester to the types of instruments in the group, so there is always something new to hear. The Jazz Band rehearses twice a week, and is open to all musicians attending Mount Union, whether a music major or not, who are interested in exploring the nuances of the vast landscape that is jazz music. 


The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mount Union’s Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

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