NORFOLK, NE - Two Northeast Community College musical groups have returned from a spring tour that saw them performing over eleven shows in four days across three states.
The Northeast Jazz Machine and Ebony & Crimson choir wrapped up the dates with a post-tour concert held at the Lifelong Learning Center on Northeast’s Norfolk campus recently.
Kevin McLouth, instrumental music instructor and director of the Jazz Machine, said the tour showcases the variety of music opportunities offered at Northeast.
“It lets people see possibilities at Northeast they might not have envisioned. It also gives our students an experience that is quite different than just playing a single concert.”
The Jazz Machine visited schools in O’Neill, Chambers, Palmer, Neligh, Elgin, Pender, Shelby, Winside, Wynot and Gayville, SD.
McLouth said the Jazz Machine’s concert included a number of jazz styles, including Afro-Cuban, shuffle, straight-ahead swing, funk, second line and bossa nova.
Members of the Jazz Machine include Barkwinde Bamogo, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Ezra Brodersen, Wayne; Ryan Colsden, Stanton; Corbin Dean, O’Neill; Alexa Dougherty, O’Neill; Shelbi Fergerson, Elmwood; Blake Heithoff, Neligh; Rhyan Kotrous, Verdigre; Michelle Krula, North Bend; Connor Lemke-Elsnic, Winside; Jacob Mann, Winside; Brittany McConnell, Neligh; Zia Moore, Oakdale; Jerimy Placke, Palmer; and Holden Vavricek, Shelby.
Ebony & Crimson performed an interactive show choir review of popular songs throughout the decades. They are under the direction of Dr. Linda Boullion and accompanied by Margaret Schultz.
The group performed at schools in Mondamin, IA, North Bend, Humphrey, Stuart, Bassett, Burke, SD, Roseland, Clarkson, Bancroft and Hartington.
Members of Ebony & Crimson include Rachel Biehl, Lexington; Kaylee Carlson, Ithaca; Joe Davis, Norman, OK; Ryan Dusel, Tilden; Justin Fentress, Oakland; Caleb Franzen, Columbus; Morgan Kavulak, Bee; Emma Meisenheimer, Hartington; Brittany Merry, Osceola; Sydnie Niemann, Wayne; Katherine Perrigan, Norfolk; Cecilia Ponce, Hartington; Kala Rast, Newman Grove; Tory Tammen, Crofton; and Sheldon Wattier, Norfolk.
Northeast Jazz Machine member Alexa Dougherty (left), O’Neill, performs a trumpet solo during a post-tour concert at the Lifelong Learning Center on the Northeast Community College campus in Norfolk recently. The Jazz Machine and choral group Ebony & Crimson recently wrapped up a spring tour that saw them performing over eleven shows in four days across three states. (Courtesy Northeast Community College)