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The TJC Jazz Ensembles will perform 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in Wise Auditorium. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Photo credit: TJC file photo / Jessica Alexander

The Tyler Junior College Jazz Ensembles will perform 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in Wise Auditorium on the TJC main campus.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

“We have a fantastic program lined up for our first concert of the year, including a wide variety of styles. From rock to Latin, swing to funk, there’s a little something for everyone and fun for the whole family,” said Heather Mensch, TJC assistant director of bands and professor of low brass. Mensch is also director of TJC Jazz Ensemble 1.

The program includes selections from jazz greats including Nat King Cole, Charles Mingus, Buddy Rich, Chick Corea, Diana Krall and more.

Special guest artists will be Kara Story, vocals, and Gary Freeman, piano.

Jazz Ensemble 1 members and their hometowns: Paul Arriola, Tyler; Blane Benson, Longview; Taryn Blackerby, Troup; Matthew Carter, Springtown; Michael Conrado, Canton; Dylan Criswell, Grand Saline; Collin Damskov, Tyler; Devin Gilbert, Tyler; Peter Merts, Springtown; Blake Smith, Round Rock; Austin Stanberry, Rockwall; Travis Tankersley, Tyler; Zachary Trimble, Whitehouse; Jesus Valle, Jacksonville; Brett Waggoner, Troup; and Jay Wooten, Longview.

TJC Jazz Ensemble 2 is under the direction of Dr. Steven Meier, assistant director of bands and professor of woodwinds.

Jazz 2 members and their hometowns: Isaac Bernardo, Kaufman; Hayden Bethany, Mansfield; Justin Cooks, Tyler; Katherine Dean, Grand Saline; Andrew Fitzgerald, Forney; Jordan Juarez, Hudson; Ashley Levesque, Springtown; Victoria Martinez, Tyler; Patrick McClain, Lindale; Jonathan Olivares, Tyler; Colton Roberts, Bullard; Nick Schaefer, Canton; Jonathan Singleton, Jacksonville; Jace Thomas, Chandler; Bethany Walker, Brownsboro; David Wall, Springtown; and Cody Woods, Nevada.

For more TJC Cultural Arts events, go to TJC.edu/PerformingArts.