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RIPON, WI – Ethan Hansen, class of 2023, of Franksville, Wisconsin, will be performing with the Ripon College Jazz Ensemble during their spring concert on Friday, April 22. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts. Admission is free and open to the public.

Hansen is majoring in English with minors in Educational Studies and Music.

The 18-member ensemble, which features Ripon College students as well as Ripon faculty and staff and area community members, will present a wide variety of jazz music spanning almost 100 years. It also will be the last Jazz Ensemble concert for three of the group’s seniors: Jacob Zuehlke of Whitewater, Wisconsin, will be featured on Gil Evans’ arrangement of Leo Delibes “The Maids of Cadiz,” from the classic Miles Davis album “Miles Ahead”; and Lydia Wiley Deal of Whitewater, Wisconsin, and Allison Slowiak of Kiel, Wisconsin, will be featured on Kenny Wheeler’s “Gentle Piece.”

The concert also will feature the world premiere of “For Everyone,” composed and arranged by ensemble director Paul Dietrich, adjunct instructor of music.

Other pieces will be selected from “Across the Track Blues,” composed and arranged by Duke Ellington; “Boom-Boom,” composed and arranged by Bob Brookmeyer; “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” composed by Charles Mingus, arranged by Sy Johnson; “A Hymn for Her,” composed and arranged by Fred Sturm; and “Well, You Needn’t,” composed by Thelonious Monk, arranged by Joe Clark.

Members of the ensemble

Woodwinds: Benjamin Cabala ’24 of Madison, Wisconsin, flute; Lydia Wiley Deal ’22 of Whitewater, Wisconsin, alto saxophone/bass/voice; Geoff Guevara-Geer, a Ripon College faculty member, tenor saxophone; Virginia Pollock of Green Lake, Wisconsin, tenor saxophone; Megan Steffes ’24 of Sherwood, Wisconsin, baritone saxophone; Morgan Sullivan ’25 of Kimberly, Wisconsin, alto saxophone.

Low Brass: Evan Jensen ’24 of Stoughton, Wisconsin; Claire Lefeber ’23 of DeForest, Wisconsin; Haileey Pick ’25 of Temple, Texas; Ty Rondestvedt ’25 of Altoona, Wisconsin.

Trumpets: Danielle Boerson of Ripon, Wisconsin; Kylar Kinyon ’23 of Benton Harbor, Michigan; Ruth Roltgen ’25 of Brandon, Wisconsin; Jacob Zuehlke ’22 of Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Rhythm section: Erik Dietrich, a Ripon College staff member, bass; Ethan Hansen ’23 of Raymond, Wisconsin; Allison Slowiak ’22 of Kiel, Wisconsin, vibes; Steve Yeomans of Green Lake, Wisconsin, piano.

About Ripon college

Ripon College, founded in 1851, prepares students of diverse interests for lives of productive, socially responsible citizenship. Ripon’s liberal arts and sciences curriculum and residential campus create an intimate learning community in which students experience a richly personalized education. In recognition of its academic excellence, the college was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1953, placing it among a select group of the nation’s top colleges. Visit ripon.edu.


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