The Arkansas City High School bands’ spring concert, featuring special guest soloist Tim Hewitt, will be at 7:30 p.m. today in the ACHS auditorium, located at 1200 W. Radio Lane.

This concert is free and open to the public.

Hewitt is a freelance musician living in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a 2009 graduate of Arkansas City High School and received a bachelor of arts degree in music performance from the University of Kansas, where he studied with instructors Chris Nichols and Stephanie Zelnick.

Hewitt serves in the 312th Army Reserve Band, based in Lawrence, and is the clarinet section leader, holding a C-1 designation for exemplary musicianship from the Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

He plays in various professional and community musical organizations in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

In 2013, Hewitt traveled to New York City with the KU Wind Ensemble to premiere Mohammed Fairouz’s fourth symphony, “In the Shadow of No Towers,” at Carnegie Hall. It became the first college ensemble since 1977 to receive a positive review from The New York Times.

For his full-time employment, Hewitt works for the Family Nutritional Education Program at University of Missouri Extension in Kansas City, whose mission is to bring nutritional and economical education to low-income citizens of the Kansas City metro area.

He said he is very proud to be returning to Ark City to perform with the people who started him on his lifelong passion for making music.

The ACHS Jazz Band will feature Hewitt on “Begin, Began, Begun,” a very contemporary setting of the great jazz standard “Begin the Beguine,” written as a tribute to great jazz clarinetists such as Eddie Daniels and Artie Shaw.

Other jazz band selections will be Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground,” Trombone Shorty’s “Backatown” and Wynton Marsalis’ “Jump.”

The senior jazz band members will be featured on “The Movement” from the Youngblood Brass Band.

The Concert Band will feature Hewitt on the lovely tone poem, “Autumn Soliloquy,” by James Barnes. Other selections by the concert band are “Jubilancelation!” by Richard Saucedo; “Folk Dances,” by Dmitri Shostakovich; “Luminence,” by Gary Ziek; and “Undecim,” by Randall Standridge.

Senior awards will be presented at this concert. The ACHS bands are under the direction of Hans Judd and Chris VanGilder.

This information was provided by Arkansas City High School Band Director Chris VanGilder.