The Temple College Jazz Combos will perform at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Graeter-Jackson Backstage Theater in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center.

The Thursday Combo, under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Irom, features:

  • Eliezer Ortiz, trumpet (Harker Heights)
  • Dez Emerson, trombone (Killeen)
  • Jackson Russell, guitar (Temple)
  • Martin Fernandez, piano (Austin)
  • Ian Smith, bass (Houston)
  • Nathan Spence, drums (Hutto)

The Tuesday Combo, under the direction of Alex Bilodeau, features:

  • Eliezer Ortiz, trumpet (Harker Heights)
  • Jonking Orozco, trumpet (San Antonio)
  • Victor Rodriguez, tenor saxophone (Belton)
  • Makayla Wittman, baritone saxophone (Belton)
  • Eric Lara, guitar (Temple)
  • Evan Griffith, bass (Minden, LA)
  • Aidan Amling, drums (Hutto)

Pieces include: “All the Things You Are” (Jerome Kern), “Maiden Voyage” (Herbie Hancock), “Bluesette” (Jean “Toots” Thielemans), “Road Song” (Wes Montgomery), “Whisper Not” (Benny Golson), “Wave” (Antonio Carlos Jobim), “Footprints” (Wayne Shorter), and “Anthropology” (Charlie Parker). 


Temple College is “Your Community’s College,” a dynamic and growing community college that equips thousands of Central Texas students with the knowledge and skills for 21st-century success. Temple College, which has campuses in Temple, Hutto and Taylor, offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs to students who seek to earn credits for transfer, graduate with an associate degree or complete a certificate for fast entry into the workforce.

Founded in 1926, Temple College has enjoyed a reputation for academic excellence for 97 years. It is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs, from visual and performing arts to competitive athletics. The College has become one of the state’s premiere institutions for health care providers’ education and training, advanced manufacturing, and workforce development programs. The faculty and staff are committed to providing exceptional quality instruction.