UNK Jazz Rock Ensemble concert is April 20


Contact: Jim Payne, professor of music, 308-865-8606, paynej@unk.edu

Kearney, Neb., April 10, 2013 – The Jazz Rock Ensemble at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will present a concert with influences from the swing era to big bands of the present on April 20.

The concert, directed by UNK music professor Jim Payne, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building. The event is free and open to the public.

The Jazz Rock Ensemble will perform jazz pieces styled in several types of swing, Latin, rock, jazz rock fusion, contemporary jazz and funk. The selected music includes pieces by Les Hooper, Bob Mintzar, Frank Mantooth and the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra.

“The music comes from our tour of five schools in western Nebraska, plus other great charts that have a lot of audience appeal,” said Payne.

Among the compositions is Bill Holman’s “A View from the Side,” which won a Grammy Award for the Best Instrumental Jazz Composition in 1996.

The members of the UNK Jazz Rock Ensemble are listed below, alphabetically, by hometown:


Carleton – Riley Volkmer, guitar


Columbus – Alex Jones, guitar


Grand Island – Daniel Carlson, also saxophone; Andrea Hesterman, trumpet; Ryne Miller, baritone saxophone; Eric Rempe, trombone


Gretna – Aaron Ray, piano


Holdrege – Eric Jones, drums


Kearney – Tyler Allen, trombone; Kory Reeder, bass


Lexington – Joel Montex, drums; Morgan Sentelle, trumpet


Minden – Jonathan Hunzeker, trombone; Vergil Nelson, trombone; Matthew Stubbs, trumpet


Mitchell – Matt Powell, drums


Omaha – Haley Allen, tenor saxophone


Ralston – Joey Casella, tenor saxophone


Ravenna – Mike Bohn, bass


Wahoo – Gabe Haberman, trumpet


Wauneta – Brett Klima, trumpet


Out of State

Michigan, Southfield – Anthony Ford, tenor saxophone

Minnesota, Mahtomedi – Kelly Skunes, trumpet

South Korea, Daejeon – Seojim Park, piano



-Amanda Arnold