Trevecca Nazarene University

Jazz Ensemble featured at two conferences

Trevecca's Jazz Ensemble has been hard at work gaining national exposure. On October 4, 2003, the group performed at the Instrumental Expo, a national instrumental conference for the top clinicians in instrumental Christian music. Held at Brentwood Baptist Church, this conference was an inspirational training event for instrumentalists involved in ministty. The Jazz Ensemble was featured at a lunchtime session. In February 2004 the group will perform at the Instrumentalists and Directors Association meeting at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. The Jazz Ensemble was chosen to perform at this event following an audition process. Director David Diehl explains the importance of these experiences for the musicians in the ensemble. He says, "This kind of regional exposure--as well as additional off-campus exposure--raises the group members' level of expectation for themselves. Also, it raises and challenges their perception of excellence. For those reasons I am very pleased that they have these opportunities." Trevecca's Jaza Ensemble is composed of the following students: Angelo Ambrefe, a junior from Beverly, Mass. Heath Attig, a senior from Colorado Springs, Colo. Ben Ewing, a freshman from Warner Robins, Ga. Seth Gleaves, a freshman from Nashville, Tenn. Jennifer Harris, a freshman from Hendersonville, Tenn. Jonathan Leonard, a sophomore from Lakeland, Fla. Ryne Mimbs, a freshman from Dalton, Ga. Scott Oldham, a freshman from Mt.Vernon, Ohio Chris Pennington, a freshman from Charleston, West Va. Daniel Rogers, a freshman from Hendersonville, Tenn. Racheal Saner, a junior from Springfield, Mo. David Smith, a freshman from Cabot, Ark. Jonathan Smith, a senior from Patton, Mo. Emily St. Amant, a freshman from Clarksville, Tenn. Kimbre Taylor, a sophomore from Old Hickory, Tenn. Kendall Tumbough, a sophomore from Pacific, Mo. Phil Vanciel, a freshman from Orlando, Fla. Rob Walls, a sophomore from Xenia, Ohio Matt Webb, a junior from Edwardsburg, Mich. (10/30/03)