University Relations and Communications

MSU Billings Jazz Ensemble to present concert on November 19

November 9, 2009



MSU Billings Department of Music, 657-2350
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269


Event features performances by many local musicians


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — The Montana State University Billings Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jim Robertson, will present its Fall Semester Concert on Thursday, Nov. 19.  The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cisel Recital Hall on the MSUB campus.


The concert will include the following selections:  “Strollin’ with Sammy” by Paul Baker; “Shiny Stockings” by Frank Foster; “Now’s the Time” by Charlie Parker; “The Chant” by Victor Feldman; “Nardis” by Miles Davis; “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Freddy Mercury; and “A Band’s Gotta Do What a Band’s Gotta Do” by Paul Clark.


Featured soloists will include alto saxophonist Jenae Murphy; baritone saxophonist Mary Ryan; pianist Alyssa Conard; trumpeters Mark Fenderson and Adam Wetzel; trombonists Chris Harper and Mike Kemper; bassist Elliott Cross; and guitarist Ron Dorado.   


Admission for the concert is $5 for adults and $2 for students. MSU Billings students and faculty are admitted free with a valid university ID card. 


Following are the members of the MSU Billings Jazz Ensemble, their home towns and their majors:

  • Elliot Cross, bass, from Glendive, is a Music Education major.
  • Alyssa Conard, piano, from Shepherd, is a Psychology major.
  • Ron Dorado, guitar, from Billings, is a Music Education major.
  • Ethan Gray, set and percussion, from Billings, is a Percussion Performance major.
  • Chris Harper, trombone, from Billings, is a Music Education major.
  • Mike Kemper, trombone, from Roundup, is an Elementary Education major.
  • Jenay Murphy, alto sax, from Glendive, is a Music Education major.
  • Mary Ryan, baritone sax, from Laurel, is a Music Education major.
  • Michael Spence, set and percussion, from Shepherd, is a Human Services and Health Performance major.
  • Kirk Visser, trombone, from Shepherd, is a Music Education major.
  • Cody Wahrman, tenor sax, from Townsend, is a Music Education major.
  • Melody Wittman, trumpet, from Worden, is a Pre-Nursing major.
  • Adam Wetzel, trumpet, from Billings, is a Music Education major.

For more information, please call the music office at MSU Billings at 657-2350.