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NCK Kicks Jazz Band To Begin Rehearsals

The North Central Kansas Kicks Jazz Band, under the sponsorship of Cloud County Community College, will begin its spring rehearsals on Wed., March 27.

The band will rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the music room on the Concordia campus. This semester’s director is John Banister, a trombone jazz master and veteran Kicks Jazz Band member from Minneapolis. The rehearsals will culminate in a joint concert with CCCC’s Community Chorale on May 7.

The NCK Kicks Jazz Band performs for community functions as well as on-campus concerts. They perform literature from the Big Band Era as well as modern jazz ensemble repertoire.

Community members and students are welcome to participate, and can take the class for college credit, or participate at no cost. For more information, contact Brenton Phillips, Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences and Business at 785.243.1435, ext. 244, or by email at bphillips@cloud.edu.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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