More than 70 bands to perform in Pittsburg on Friday  

  Monday, March 2, 2020 10:00 AM
  Arts & Entertainment, News, Campus Culture

Pittsburg, KS

Jazz Festival

The 46th Annual PSU Jazz Festival is planned for Friday and is expected to draw hundreds of high school and middle schools students in 72 high school and middle school bands from across the Four State Area, and the Tom Kubis Big Band from Los Angeles.  

Started in 1974 by Professor of Music Russell Jones with just 14 bands, the festival has evolved into what is believed to be the biggest one-day jazz festival in the Midwest, according to Professor of Music Robert Kehle, who now directs it.  

The bands’ 30-minute concerts, which are judged, will occur both at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on campus and Memorial Auditorium in downtown Pittsburg, starting at 8 a.m. and running until 5:45 p.m. Those performances are open to the public at no charge, but because they’re judged, attendees shouldn’t open the doors during the performances and should limit distractions.  

The festival will culminate in a public concert featuring the Tom Kubis Big Band — one of the premier jazz groups in the nation — at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium.   

“They are made up of some of the best studio musicians in the world,” said Kehle. “You have heard all the players unless you never turn on the TV or go to movies, as they are on all the soundtracks. It will be concert to remember.”  

Opening the concert will be the PSU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Kehle. 

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $10 for children, seniors, military and veterans with valid ID, and PSU staff/faculty with valid ID. PSU students are admitted free. They may be purchased or picked up at the PSU Ticket Office in Room 137 of the Garfield Weede Building. They also may be purchased at 620-235-4796, 

Schools participating include: 

Aurora, Missouri  

Baxter Springs, Kansas 

Bentonville West, Arkansas   

Blue Springs, Missouri 

Branson, Missouri  

Carl Junction, Missouri  

Carthage, Missouri  

Central HS in Springfield, Missouri   

Cherokee MS in Springfield, Missouri   

Derby, Kansas   

East Newton, Kansas   

Eisenhower in Goddard, Kansas   

Frontier Trail, Kansas  

Galena, Kansas  

Goddard, Kansas 

Grandview, Missouri  

Gravette, Arkansas  

Hutchinson Community College, Kansas  

Independence, Kansas  

Iola, Kansas  

Kickapoo in Springfield, Missouri  

Knob Noster, Missouri  

Martin City, Missouri  

Monett, Missouri  

Neosho, Missouri  

Olathe South, Northwest, North HS, Kansas   

Oologa, Oklahoma  

Ozark, Missouri  

Parkhill, Missouri  

Pioneer Trail – Olathe, Kansas 

Pittsburg, Kansas  

Prairie Trail – Olathe, Kansas 

Raymore-Peculiar, Missouri 

Raytown, Missouri  

Republic, Missouri  

St. Thomas Aquinas - Overland Park, Kansas   

Overland Park, Kansas  

Seneca, Missouri  

Wagoner, Oklahoma 

Warrensburg, Missouri 

Webb City, Missouri   

Wichita Northwest 

Willard, Missouri