Lovers of great band music will have the opportunity to hear a free POPS concert on May 2, featuring the McPherson College Concert Band, McPherson College Jazz Band and the McPherson County Jazz Horn Quartet.
Kyle Hopkins, director of bands at McPherson College, said that the opportunity to perform for the community was always a privilege. In particular, the jazz band is a relatively new addition to the college’s co-curricular offerings.
“The band program is going through a dynamic ‘boom period’ and our jazz band represents that growth, energy and excitement,” Hopkins said. “These students give up their lunch breaks on Wednesdays and Fridays to come together and play some great jazz music.”
The outdoor concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Lakeside Park Band Shell in McPherson at 510 Lakeside Drive. Due to the weather the performance will be in Brown Auditorium on the McPherson College campus, 1600 E. Euclid St.The concert is free and open to the public, and Hopkins said they are particularly excited to have a special guest out of Lindsborg, Kan. – the McPherson County Jazz Horn Quartet.
Selections will include a mix of band and jazz band music such as Don Menza’s “Beulah Witch” played by the jazz band and John Philip Sousa’s “Sabre and Spur” and Carl Strommen’s “Prairiesong” played by the concert band.