The University of Mary student jazz combo performs on campus
But it's not just any regular performance.
"It was powerful on so many levels." said Nancy Kleingartner.
Powerful is one way to describe the performance.
Dr. Isrea Butler and the students raise awareness of segregation through music and bring people together to reflect.
Students perform three influential pieces
Like the song, 'Alabama' by John Coltrane.
Butler says musicians showed people a different side of jazz music.
"Usually we associate jazz with music for the club or dancing, kind of happy music. This showed the other side that shows creative protest for the civil rights movement." said Dr. Butler
Butler uses images to make his message stronger.
Bass player, Hank Hichert, jumps at the opportunity to play music that has such an impact.
"It was really interesting just knowing what we're playing for. It's more than just a song. It's transmitting a message" said Hank Hichert.
And that message is that music is expressive.
Today's performance ties in with Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. panel discussion.