Northlanders, All-City Middle School, U.S. Army Blues Trombonist to Perform April 5

Jazz Time, a concert featuring Augustana’s Northlanders Jazz Band, the All-City Middle School Jazz Band and special guest Matt Niess, lead trombonist for the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble in Washington, D.C., will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5. The concert will be held in Kresge Recital Hall, located in the Humanities Building at Augustana.

Tickets are $5 for all adults and are free for students K-12. Tickets are available at or by calling 605.274.5320.

The Northlander’s Jazz Band is a 19-member ensemble under the direction of Dr. Paul Schilf. The Band was founded in 1954 with Earl Colgan as its first student director and continued as a student-run organization until Dr. Harold Krueger assumed its leadership in 1965. During the past 10 years, Schilf and the Band have commissioned seven big band jazz charts. This new jazz music is available through Sierra Music Publications, Doug Beach Music, and Kendor Music. The Northlanders is also the featured band for The Spark, the Gala Event to Celebrate Augustana at 150, on Saturday, April 16, at the Washington Pavilion.

The All-City Middle School Jazz Band began more than 13 years ago and gathers once a year for this special concert featuring the very best of Sioux Falls student jazz musicians. The group is sponsored by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.

Niess is a former high school band director and has taught on the jazz faculties of Shenandoah, Towson and West Chester Universities. He is a graduate of West Chester and George Mason Universities. He is the founder and director of Capitol Bones, a nationally recognized jazz trombone ensemble.

The concert is directed by Mark Isackson.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations