NATCHITOCHES – The NSU Jazz Combos and NSU Steel Band will send students into finals on a happy note with a concert on Friday, April 30 at the Alumni Plaza near the A.A. Fredericks Center for Creative and Performing Arts. The Jazz Combos, which include the Monday Night Jazz Combo and Wednesday Night Jazz Combo, perform at 5 p.m. The Steel Band plays at 6:30 p.m. In case of bad weather, the concert will be held in Magale Recital Hall. Those attending are required to wear masks and observe social distancing.
The combos will feature jazz standards of all styles including “A Night in Tunisia,” “On Green Dolphin Street,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and more.
Members of the Monday Night Jazz Combo are Daniel Scott of Bossier City and Evan Chapman of Mesquite, Texas on saxophone, David Paz of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on keyboard, Jose Colon of Cartagena, Colombia, on bass and Adam Trupp of Frisco, Texas, on drums.
Members of the Wednesday Night Combo are Ted Scott of Bossier City on trumpet, Justin Dysarz of Houston on saxophone, Mario Gomez of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on keyboard, Alexandria Walker of Baton Rouge on keyboard, Seth Wimberly of Hall Summit on guitar, Jonathan Chaparro of Cartagena, Colombia, on bass and Damian Lunny of Upper Chichester, Pennsylvania on drums.
The steel band is comprised of instruments from the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The unique timbre and infectious dance beats make it a fun and exciting concert. The program will include some island classics such as “Limbo” and “Jump in the Line” as well as some current hits like “Bang!” by AJR and “Shake it off” by Taylor Swift.
The steel band will also feature a tune comprising NSU and Natchitoches community members. A workshop will be held in the afternoon to learn how to play the steel pans and then perform with the group.
Members of the steel band are Jackson Forester of Rowlett, Texas, Miguel Bustillo of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Zachary Duhon, Kora Chauveaux and Zachary Lafosse of Lafayette, Damian Lunny of Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, John Spero of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Roger Jones of Avondale, Tyler White of DeRidder, Cindy Pinkerton of Patterson, Henry Pineda of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Mason Trumps of Pollock.