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Merrimans' Playhouse

Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective

A contemporary jazz nonet based in Indianapolis. The group is dedicated to writing and performing new music ranging from originals to jazz standards.

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Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective
Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective

Time & Location

Oct 02, 2021, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Merrimans' Playhouse, 401 E Colfax Ave, South Bend, IN 46617, USA


About the Event

TICKETS are $20 General/$10 Student.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Philanthropic Services provided by grants from the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust, The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County's ArtsEverywhere initiative, and the Arts Project Support Grant and Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission.

Alex Shanafelt - Composer/Director 

Kent Hickey - Trumpet 

Sam Butler - Trumpet 

Ben Carrasquillo - Trombone 

Garrett Fasig - Alto Sax 

Sean Imboden - Tenor Sax 

Trevor Mather - Bari Sax 

Eric Garcia - Guitar 

Isaac Beaumont - Bass 

Pat Petrus - Drums


Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective:

The Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective, co-founded by trumpeter Kent Hickey and composer Alex Shanafelt, is a contemporary jazz nonet based in Indianapolis, IN. The group is dedicated to writing and performing new music, contributing to the jazz nonet repertoire, and, above all, growing and promoting the Indy music scene. The 9ollective features a diverse collection of music, ranging from Bossa Nova to modern swing to hard rock, and has enjoyed opportunities to play around Indianapolis including Fountain Square, the Carmel Arts District, and McGowan Hall.

Alex Shanafelt, Co-leader/Composer:

Alex Shanafelt recently graduated from the University of South Florida with a MM in Music Composition under the tutelage of Benjamin D. Whiting and Paul Reller.  He has attended various festivals including the Charlotte New Music Festival, the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy, the Atlantic Music Festival, and the Nief-Norf Summer Festival.  Commission projects have included work with Hypercube and Fresh-Squeezed Opera Company, as well as collaborations with the Indianapolis-based dance company Ballet INitiative.  Alex is one of the co-founders of the Contemporary Art Music Project (CAMP), an organization that promotes innovative new music by collaborating with living composers and performing artists from around the world.  Additionally, he arranges and composes original Jazz music for his nonet, the Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective.

Kent Hickey, Co-leader, Trumpet:

An Indianapolis native, Kent Hickey came on to the Indy Jazz scene in 2015 while pursuing a music degree at Butler University. Since then, he has played many gigs with several of the scene’s best and is now pursuing his own projects including the Kent Hickey Quintet: a band featuring Kent’s original compositions and lesser known jazz standards and the Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective: a collaboration with composer Alex Shanafelt. Kent’s collaborative band, WiSH, featuring Pat Petrus, Patrick Wright, and Isaac Beaumont has played numerous gigs around Indy since its inception in 2017. In addition to these projects, Kent is also continuing his studies full time at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of John Raymond while freelancing and teaching several days a week in Indianapolis.

Sam Butler, Trumpet:

Sam Butler is a jazz trumpet player and composer from Fairhope, Alabama, currently based in the Bloomington/Indianapolis area. He draws much of his inspiration from jazz trumpet legends like Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, and Freddie Hubbard, and looks to combine this style with that of modern players like Wynton Marsalis, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Roy Hargrove. Sam currently attends Indiana University as a senior, and has been invested in the Indianapolis and Bloomington jazz scenes since 2018.

Ben Carrasquillo, Trombone:

Ben Carrasquillo is a versatile trombonist who actively performs classical, jazz, and commercial music. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Illinois, where his playing and compositions have been featured with the award-winning Jazz Trombone Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Jim Pugh. His big band, the Iron Post Jazz Orchestra, performed at the 2020 Jazz Educators’ Network Conference in New Orleans, LA, co-led with Dr. Robert Brooks, and will be releasing its debut album in the fall of 2021. Ben has also received numerous awards and honors from the International Trombone Festival, American Trombone Workshop, and the Alessi Seminar. Ben is an active freelancer in Central Illinois, and maintains a private studio of middle and high school students in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Garrett Fasig, Alto Saxophone:

Garrett Fasig is a jazz saxophonist and composer currently studying at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. During his time there he has written and recorded music with the Brent Wallarab Jazz Ensemble, John Raymond Ensemble, Greg Ward Large ensemble, and the Plummer Jazz Quintet. He has also had the opportunity to perform alongside world-class musicians including Walter Smith III, Oliver Nelson Jr., Dayna Stephens, and Steve Houghton. Garrett graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and is continuing his education at Indiana University pursuing a Masters of Music.

Sean Imboden, Tenor Saxophone:

Sean Imboden toured internationally for many years with various Broadway productions, and as a featured soloist with Blast II. He has performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Idina Menzel, and Slide Hampton. Currently, Sean is a member of the Tucker Brothers and leads the Sean Imboden Large Ensemble.

Trevor Mather, Bari Sax:

Trevor Mather is an Indiana native. He got introduced to music at a young age by his father. He began studying piano at the age of 8. One he got to high school he found the saxophone and instantly fell in love. Since then Trevor has been awarded the Louis Armstrong award, George Wolfe Scholarship, and the Morgy Craig scholarship. Trevor is a Ball State graduate. While at Ball State he had the opportunity to share the stage with Michael Schultz, Walter Smith III, Jeff Coffin, Bria Skonberg, Ingrid Jensen, and Jaleel Shaw.

Eric Garcia, Guitar:

Eric Garcia is a freelance performer, educator, and composer based in Indianapolis, IN. Though he is trained in jazz, he explores wide varieties of genres and soundscapes to meet the needs of the moment. As an artist, he always does his best to push music forward while paying homage to artists of the past, as well as provide the Indianapolis community with high-quality performance and instruction in jazz and other genres.

Isaac Beaumont, Bass:

Isaac Beaumont is a DownBeat Student award winner and second-year jazz studies graduate student at Indiana University and jazz studies graduate of Butler University. Proficient on both double bass and electric bass, Isaac is a working musician in both Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana and can be seen regularly performing at venues such as the Blockhouse in Bloomington, and both The Chatterbox and The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. Isaac has also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with notable musicians such as Randy Brecker, Benny Golsen, Stefon Harris, John Raymond, among others.

Pat Petrus, Drums:

A self-starting music entrepreneur with a passion for community development and mentor-based education, Pat Petrus frequently partners with local venues and musicians in efforts to spur the continued economic and artistic development of Indianapolis. As a performing artist, Petrus has organized and participated in performances with the likes of NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson, Grammy award-winning bassist Christian McBride, Grammy award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling, and former director of the United States Marine Band Michael Colburn.


  • General

    $20 Advanced or Door

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  • Student

    $10 Student/Discount

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