Nebraskats, jazz groups taking shows to Reno festival

KEARNEY –Twenty-six student musicians will represent the University of Nebraska at Kearney at the prestigious Reno Jazz Festival.

The Nebraskats show choir, UNK Jazz Combo and UNK Jazz/Rock Ensemble will perform Friday (April 28) at the University of Nevada, Reno.

In its 55th year, the Reno Jazz Festival includes more than 9,000 performers, 300 schools groups and 50 clinicians. It is one of the most highly-regarded jazz festivals in the world. This marks the first year UNK has attended.

In preparation for the trip, the UNK groups will perform Wednesday (April 26) at 8 a.m. at Lexington High School and 11:15 a.m. at Gothenburg High School. UNK also will give a concert at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (April 27) at Wells High School in Wells, Nev.

The Nebraskats are directed by Eileen Jahn. The Jazz/Rock Ensemble and Jazz Combo groups are directed by Tim Farrell.

UNK Nebraskats
Gibbon – Blake Brown
Grand Island – Thomas Prentice
Henderson – Tierney Casper
Kearney – Annastazia Stofer, Sarah Synek, Joshua Uden
Lincoln – Tyler Nelsen
North Platte – Benjamin Hill
Syracuse – Rachael Nordhues

UNK Jazz/Rock Ensemble
Adams – Celia Timms
Blair – Blaine Fisher
Gretna – Cal Switzer
Kearney – Moriah Chandler, Logan Hansen, Jayde Metschke, Andrew Ochsner, Bailey Premer, Katie Thorn, Joshua Uden, Kali Wubben
Lexington – Alyssa Olsen
Lincoln – David Morrison
Minden – Nate Hunzeker
Mitchell – Luis Panduro
Ogallala – Seth Dikeman
Joplin, Mo. – Aaron Lawson
Bogotá, Colombia – Carlos Vargas

UNK Jazz Combo
Gretna – Cal Switzer
Kearney – Katie Thorn, Joshua Uden
Lexington – Alyssa Olsen
Mitchell – Luis Panduro
Ogallala – Seth Dikeman