Singer's Express, Jazz Machine prepare for annual tour

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by jamesc  4/13/2019 10:48:07 AM --  NORFOLK. NE – The annual Spring Tour by the Northeast Community College Singer’s Express and Jazz Machine is about to get underway. The two groups will travel a combined 1,500 miles during the upcoming tour.

The Northeast Singers Express, an audition swing choir directed by Stewart Cramer, Northeast music instructor, will perform at 10 high schools in Nebraska and South Dakota during its annual Spring Tour. The group is accompanied by Margaret Schultz.

The show choir program will include a wide variety of music featuring several different styles and decades. Selections include “Everybody Rejoice,” from The Wiz, “Let it Go,” from Frozen, “Waving Through a Window,” from Dear Evan Hansen, “Someone Like You,” “The Auctioneer,” “Hello Girls?” and “I’ve Had the Time of My Life.”

The Singers Express schedule, with show times in parentheses, includes:

Tuesday, April 23 – Madison, (8:30 a.m.), Howells (10:45 a.m.) and Bancroft (2:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 24 – Ewing (8:10 a.m.), Battle Creek (10:45 a.m.), and Newman Grove (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, April 25 – Gayville, SD (9:30 a.m.) and Winside (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, April 26 – Neligh (8:15 a.m.) and Osmond (10:45 a.m.)

Members of the Northeast Singers Express, listed first by hometown, include: Bee - Morgan Kavulak; Columbus - Caleb Franzen; Hartington – Emma Meisenheimer, Cecelia Ponce; Lexington – Rachel Biehl; Neligh - Megan McWhorter; Newman Grove - Kala Rast; Norfolk – Andres Hughes, Katherine Perrigan, Sheldon Wattier; Pender – Shelby Laird; Randolph – Dalton Rath; Wayne - Sydnie Neimann.

The Northeast Jazz Machine, with Kevin McLouth instrumental music instructor as director, is a jazz ensemble of select students who perform concerts on campus, perform at sporting events, and tour in the spring. The Jazz Machine will perform in 12 different communities in Nebraska and South Dakota on its spring tour.

Some selections that will be performed include: “Big Noise,” from Winnetka, “Blue’sin with Bradley,” “Rainbow Connection,” “BuckJump,” “Blue Mambo,” “St. Thomas,” and “Fast Forward.”

The Jazz Machine Spring Tour schedule includes:

Tuesday, April 23 – Crofton (8:35 a.m.), Yankton, SD, (10:00 a.m.) and Tripp, SD, (1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 24 – Avon, SD, (8:15 a.m.), Menno, SD, (10:15 a.m.) and Parker, SD, (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, April 25 – Schuyler (8:30 a.m.) and Wausa (1:15 p.m.)                                 

Friday, April 26 – Verdigre (8:15 a.m.), Niobrara (10:10 a.m.) and O’Neill (1:15 p.m.)

Members of the Northeast Jazz Machine include: Battle Creek - Noah Kalvalege; Hadar - Isiah Baker; Lincoln - Malcolm Opoku; Neligh - Marty Beyer, Brittany McConnell; Newman Grove - Riley Montoya; Oakdale - Zia Moore; O’Neill - Corbin Dean, Alexa Dougherty; Palmer - Jerimy Placke; Pender - Hayley Schmidt; Seward - Shaylee Kamphaus; Shelby - Holden Vavricek; Stanton - Ryan Colsden; Verdigre - Rhyan Kotrous; Winside - Conner Lemke-Elznic;

The public is invited to see either the Northeast Singers Express or Jazz Machine in these free concerts at the local high schools.

 

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Members of Northeast Community College swing choir, Singers Express, rehearse with director Stewart Cramer (left) for the group’s upcoming spring tour. The Singer’s Express will visit high schools in Nebraska and South Dakota over a four-day period beginning April 22.

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