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Boise State Jazz Ensemble

Boise State Jazz Ensemble performs on campusWednesday, April 5
Thursday, April 6

The premier jazz group on campus, the Jazz Ensemble meets twice weekly and performs between 4-6 times each semester, on and off campus.  Across its four decades of existence, the ensemble has performed alongside jazz luminaries Wycliffe Gordon, Jon Faddis, Eric Marienthal, Slide Hampton, Allen Vizzutti, Jeff Hamilton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jamey Aebersold, David Liebman and many others.  The Jazz Ensemble is a featured performer annually at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, and this year will be featured with trumpeter Randy Brecker.

The students who make up the 2017 Jazz Ensemble are:

Saxophones
*Alexander Hicks, lead alto (Henderson, NV)
Ian Mahaney, alto (Covington, WA)
*Matt Short, lead tenor (Palmdale, CA)
Matt Patterson, tenor (Boise, ID)
*Keegan Saunders, baritone (Nampa, ID)

Trumpets
*Randy Bauer (Caldwell, ID)
*Joseph Johnson, split lead (Middleton, ID)
Grace Lytle (Boise, ID)
AJ Schinkel (Caldwell, ID)
Ryan Worthington, split lead (Boise, ID)

Trombones
*Jeremiah Mathot, split lead
Daniel Quatrone, split lead (Bellevue, WA)
Sam Wildeman (Meridian, ID)
Derek Cross (Danville, CA)
*Bryan Rosenblatt, bass (Las Vegas, NV)

Rhythm Section
Peter Busche, piano (Boise, ID)
Jordan Mayer, piano (Boise, ID)
*Kevin Littrell, guitar (Boise, ID)
Shayla Lewis, bass (Boise, ID)
*Matt Clay, drums (Camas, WA)
TJ Tuck, drums (Boise, ID)

* denotes Gene Harris Jazz Scholarship Recipient

Alex Noppe, Director