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Black Hills State jazz band to perform

The Black Hills State jazz band will present a concert Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Student Union multipurpose room.

The jazz band is conducted by Dr. Randall Royer, College of Arts and Science assistant professor. Styles include swing, slow ballads, and Latin pieces. The concert will feature the work of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Thelonius Monk, Les Hooper and others.

The concert is open to the public at no charge.

Students in the jazz band are

  • saxophones - John Ballard, freshman from Lead; Tara Conlon, freshman from Gillette, Wyo.; Mike Haynes, freshman from Upton, Wyo.; and Ginger Irwin, sophomore from Green River, Wyo.;
  • trombones - Thomas Gorder, sophomore from Yerington, Nev.; and Jerry Pontius, senior from Deadwood;
  • trumpets - Aaron Johnson, freshman from Rapid City; Jene Melton from Spearfish; Daniel Sherrill, senior from Watertown; Ben Tonak, junior from Sundance, Wyo.; and Whitney Waters, senior from Colstrip, Mont.

Members of the rhythm section are:

  • percussion - Jim Gerdes, junior from Pierre; Jared Jankord, junior from Madison; and Juan Clave, junior from Walla Walla, Wash;
  • bass - Andy Foxwrothy, freshman from Spearfish;
  • guitar - Tony Speiser, junior from Watertown;
  • and piano - David Sejvar, junior from Rapid City.

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