The Eastern Wyoming Arts Council presents The South Dakota State University (SDSU) Faculty Jazz Quintet on Saturday April 12 at 7:00 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium at EWC in Torrington. The SDSU Faculty Jazz Quintet is made up of current faculty, former faculty, and local professional musicians. The quintet regularly performs for university functions and various local and regional professional engagements.
Dr. Nathan Jorgensen (saxophones) is Assistant Professor of Woodwinds and Jazz at South Dakota State University, a position he has held since 2008. He directs both of the university jazz ensembles.
Robert McCurdy joined the SDSU music faculty in 2012 as a part-time instructor of Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Combos, and Jazz Appreciation. In 2005 Robert moved to Kansas and was featured in performances with the Boulevard Big Band, Capital City Jazz Band, Topeka Jazz Workshop, Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, 9 plus 1, and others.
James McKinney joined the SDSU faculty in 1973, as Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion instructor. He served in that capacity through 1975, when he accepted a similar position at Iowa State University. He returned to SDSU in 1983 as Associate Director of Bands and Director of the “Pride of the Dakotas” Marching Band. He became Director of Bands in 1985, and served in that position until his retirement in May, 2009.
Jeremy Hegg, Music Director for the Hegg Brothers, is the oldest son of two lifelong music educators, grew up in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, and received his music degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls. He is the staff arranger and composer for the Augustana Brass Choir, Sioux Falls Municipal Band, and many marching band programs nationwide.
Andrew Reinartz is an area musician, educator, and conductor, and has been a member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra bass section since 2001. He is a member of the Jazz Diversity Project which, through the auspices of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, gives performances and presentations on musical, social, and historical aspects of the music in schools throughout South Dakota.
Pre-concert tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets at the door will be $20 adults and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased at Pinnacle Bank, Goshen County Chamber of Commerce, the Community Education office or by calling 307.532.8213 or 307.532.8323.
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