On Sunday, April 11, the McPherson Arts Council and McPherson College are privileged to sponsor an afternoon big band dance, with music provided by the Salt City Jazz Band, co-directed by Bryce Luty and Daryl Batchlor. The band plays both traditional and contemporary music in the big band idiom. The afternoon dance will begin with an optional hour of dance lessons, given by dance instructor, Audrey Umekubo. Dance lessons will be offered at no additional charge and will be suited for beginners, or those that just want to freshen up their dance skills. This will be a fun, musical afternoon well worth your time. This event will be held at Mingenback Theater, McPherson College, with dance lessons beginning at 1 p.m. and dance beginning at 2 p.m. There will be plenty of dance space and plenty of chairs for those that prefer to sit and enjoy the afternoon of music.
Bryce Luty has recently retired as director of Jazz Studies and trumpet at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas.  Mr. Luty received his BME from Bethany College, and MME from Wichita State University, and did additional graduate work at the University of North Texas.  His bands, while at HCC, made many appearances at state, regional, national, and international conferences including the national MENC meeting in Chicago, and the international IAJE meeting in Washington, D.C.
 During the summer of 1997, his college band was invited to the Monteux Jazz Festival in Monteux, Switzerland, and also played at Euro Disney in Paris, France.  For two years he served as director of the National Community College “All Star” Jazz Ensemble at the annual IAJE conferences held in San Antonio, Texas. and Washington. D.C.
He served for 25 years as a faculty member of the Clark Terry summer jazz camps, and the Mile High Jazz Camp at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colo. He performs professionally with his own small groups, and directs the Salt City Big Band. He is an educational specialist and trumpet soloist with the Conn-Selmer Company, who produces the “Benge” trumpet, which he plays. He has recorded a CD entitled “Bryce Luty and Friends”, which is available at Hastings in Hutchinson, and Borders in Wichita.
Donna Tucker is the featured vocalist with the Salt City Big Band. Donna lives in Wichita and in addition to her performances throughout the United States, she has gained international recognition by performing as the headline act at the Weston Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. She has recently traveled to Hollywood to perform benefits with Dick Van Dyke. Her repertoire includes arrangements from some of the greatest writers in the country. She has performed with the Salt City band for the past three years.
Instructor Audrey Umekubo has been teaching for over 30 years. She studied and trained at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Los Angeles, Calif., where she also began her teaching career. Audrey trained new instructors, has choreographed routines for shows and competitions, as well as competed in amateur and professional competitions. She has been teaching in Salina for about 20 years, where she has been involved with the Smoky Hill River Festival's Big Band Dance, Salina Arts and Humanities Art Infusion Program and Salina Chorale Spring Concert. She is a popular teacher of ballroom dance and dance exercise in Salina and surrounding communities.