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Under the new direction of Paul Rostock, instructor of bass, the Jazz Combo will present its first concert of the school year noon today in Williams Center for the Arts room 123.

The music department is sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public. Dessert and beverages will be provided free of charge.

The group is comprised of Jack Furlong, a senior music major from Hopewell, N.J., baritone sax and flute; Viktorija Gecyte, a first-year student from Vilnius, Lithuania, vocals; Dan Rosenblum, a junior economics and business major from Needham, Mass., guitar; Dave Mitchell, a senior double major in music and economics & business from Bear Creek, Pa., piano and trombone; Sean Comerford, a junior English major from Manhasset, N.Y., bass; and Dave Castelletti, a senior double major in music and philosophy from Martins Creek, Pa., drums.

The program will feature “Route 66” by Bobby Troup, “Festive Minor” by Gerry Mulligan and arranged by Furlong, “Morning” by Clair Fischer, “Cantaloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock, “Lady Bird” by Tadd Dameron, and “Lover Man” by Jimmy Davis, Roger Ramirez, and Jimmy Sherman.

“One of the biggest obstacles we had to overcome was the change in leadership,” Furlong says. “However, Paul Rostock has taken the group under his wing and has done a fabulous job.”

The core of the combo has changed over the years as well. In part because of members graduating, only two original members, Furlong and Comerford, are still involved with the group.

“This year, in addition to Dave Mitchell, who has a year of experience, we have three new members, which is the most we’ve encountered since we started,” Furlong says. “So it has been slightly difficult adjusting to new playing styles and new opinions. Overall, things have been quite positive, but change in general is an obstacle that requires some work.”

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