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Popular songs from various decades to be performed at concert

Popular songs from various decades to be performed at concert

NORFOLK, Neb. – Northeast Community College students have a rich history of performing Pops concerts.

Rehearsing, then singing or dancing in front of an audience helps to enrich students’ college experiences while creating memories for those attending.

The next opportunity to witness that synergistic relationship will be Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Cox Activities Center Theater.

The Northeast Singers Express, Northeast Jazz Machine and Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble will perform a variety of pop songs and jazz styles.

“This is always a great introduction of our students who auditioned and were selected for our touring group for the year.  In a very short period of time and with lots of work, and laughter, they have put together a few selections to jump start their spring tour program,” said Margaret Shultz, Northeast music instructor and director of the Singers Express.

“Each rehearsal is indeed a workout both musically and physically!” Schultz said. “These students have been a joy to work with and I have appreciated their work ethic and dedication to make music.”

The selections considered for the concert come from pop tunes dating back a century from the 1920s to now.

Kevin McLouth, Northeast music instructor who also directs the Jazz Machine and Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble, said students arrive at Northeast from a variety of places with varying skill levels.

“Some of them will be playing instruments they didn’t always play. You might get a clarinet player playing a saxophone. This is a time for them to work together to kind of gel and then really work hard to go out together next spring on tour,” McLouth said.

Members of the Singers Express are:

Carter Hasemann, Wayne; Noemi Hernandez, Columbus; Destiny Holland, Norfolk; Taylor Kleinschmit, Bloomfield; Trinity Peltier, Cozad; Jeremiah Polak, Coleridge; Kellan Sager, Norfolk; Josiah Stonehocker, Fremont; Luke Warner, Elm Creek, Jasper Wermers, West Point.

Members of the Jazz Machine are:

MacKenzie Cast, Hebron; Leah Levin, Ashland; Chelsea Hartmann, Rapid City, S.D., Haley Reibling, Sioux Center, Iowa; Madison Parker, Tilden; Chris Efta, Hadar; Alexis Lind; Tilden, Kyler Dean, O’Neill, Carter Meysenburg, Fullerton, Taylor Kleinschmit, Bloomfield; Aidan Von Rentzell, Greenwood; Anthony Strizek, Valparaíso, Charlie Henkel, Norfolk; Adean Brayshaw, Northglenn, Colo.

The Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble, incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1980, is a group of local musicians who come together to keep jazz and big band music alive. It is a registered nonprofit that performs for donations around the area and then turns those donations into scholarship opportunities. It will perform jazz and pop standards from over the past 50-plus years at the concert.

Members of the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble are:

Zac Nathan, Stanton; Wynter Fulsaas, Plainview; Kathy Hansen, Winside; Lincoln Havranek, Wayne; Libby Aschoff, Wayne; Samanta Hahn, Norfolk; Kevin McLouth, Norfolk; Curtis Stevens, Creighton; Faye Simpson, Norfolk; Karl Henkel, Norfolk; Dan Frohberg, Norfolk; Brad Krivohlavek, Lincoln; Jeremy Von Lau, Creighton; Randy Neuharth, Norfolk; Mike Sindt, Pierce; Ken Hamsa, Norfolk; and Josh Calkin, Wayne.

The Northeast Media Arts – Broadcasting Department will livestream the concert. It may be viewed at Northeast Community College (