Department SpotlightJazz Press Publishes Arrangements by Whitworth Music Professor
The University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press will soon publish two recent arrangements by Whitworth Music Professor Dan Keberle. The pieces, which Keberle composed during spring 2002, are original arrangements of Thelonius Monk's I Mean You and the jazz standard East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
Keberle, who has had four jazz-choir arrangements published by the UNC Jazz Press since 1998, says he felt confident about the two new arrangements when he sent them in.
"They are well done because I had a lot of quality time to compose while I was on sabbatical," he says. "I also had a chance to have them performed by the Whitworth Jazz Band and make changes to improve them."
The Whitworth Jazz Ensemble is one component of the jazz studies program at Whitworth University, which was featured in Jazz Times magazine as one of the top jazz education programs in the United States. Directed by Keberle, the ensemble has performed on tour in Munich, Rome, Australia and Cuba, and has won the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho four times in the last seven years. Each year, the ensemble performs at Whitworth with an acclaimed guest artist. Recent guests include Byron Stripling, Bob Mintzer, Joe Lovano, and Slide Hampton.
Keberle's two most recent arrangements are set at the level of difficulty for a very talented high-school jazz band or a standard college-level jazz band, he says. Keberle says that he arranges music because he enjoys the creativity involved. Along with that, he always needs innovative new music for Whitworth's jazz band.
"When I can't find a good piece to purchase, I write it myself," Keberle says.
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.