Three highlights

1. Season opener

The Bethel College Wind Ensemble will kick off their year with their first concert at 2 p.m. Sept. 24 in Memorial Hall.

 Adam Fontana, Bethel director of instrumental music and Wind Ensemble conductor, believes this will be a special year for the group.

 “This is a big year for the Wind Ensemble,” Fontana said. “We are going to be playing at the Kansas Music Educators Association state conference in February – the first time [our] Wind Ensemble has played there in eight years. It is a huge honor.”


2. Musical variety

In addition to “Slava!” by Leonard Bernstein, the concert will include the overture from "Dancing in the Dark" by Bjork; “Prelude,” “Siciliano” and “Rondo” by Malcolm Arnold; “Amazing Grace” by Frank Ticheli; and “Lincolnshire Posy” by Percy Grainger.


3. Familiar faces

Wind Ensemble personnel from area high schools include: flutes, Matthew Lind, Newton, Jesus Martinez, Newton, Neil Smucker, North Newton, and Mackenzie Young, Peabody; clarinets, Juliana Drouhard, Hesston, Reece Hiebert, Walton, Anna Lubbers, Peabody, Sarah Turner, North Newton, Ben Wiens, Goessel, and Kaho Yanagidaira, Newton; saxophone, Autumn Strecker, Goessel; trumpets, Connor Born, North Newton, Arlin Buller, Hesston and Alec Loganbill, Hesston; horns, Abby  Anna Wiens, Goessel, and Jen Meysing, Goessel; euphoniums, Nicholas Preheim, Peabody; and percussion, Shawn Bontrager, North Newton, and Micah Miller Wyse, Hesston. 


WHEN: 2 p.m. Sept. 24 

WHERE: Memorial Hall, Bethel College, 300 E. 27th St., North Newton. 

HOW MUCH:  The concert is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support music study and performance at Bethel College.