Area band teachers, musicians collaborate for jazz concert 

  Monday, July 13, 2020 11:00 AM
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Pittsburg, KS


In the third concert of Pittsburg Virtual Festival of the Arts, to be streamed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, some of the area’s most talented musicians will perform selections from "The Great American Songbook" and other jazz standards.  

The festival is a collaboration of The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, the Pittsburg State University Department of Music, and local performers in an attempt to provide a concert-like experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The featured group on July 15 will be the Bob Ensor Jazz Combo. Musicians will include: 

  • Pittsburg State University trumpet professor Todd Hastings 
  • Joplin-based vocalist Rebecca Ensor 
  • Carthage High School band teacher and PSU graduate Matt Bennett (2007) on saxophone 
  • Joplin native Josh Newbury on bass 
  • East Newton High School music teacher Raemon Wilson on drums 
  • Joplin-based pianist and PSU graduate Robert Ensor (1973, '74) on the Steinway  

Some say jazz is America's only true art form,” noted Raul Munguia, festival organizer. “In 1987, Congress passed a resolution declaring it an American National Treasure. We’re excited to bring it to life as part of this festival.”  
Audiences may view the one-hour concerts streamed each Wednesday evening through mid-August on the Bicknell Center Facebook page, on PSU’s YouTube channel, on CAPS 13 TV, on, and at 

Past festival concerts, including The J3 Band on July 1 and Rebecca Cutler-Metzger and Robert Ensor on July 8, also can be viewed in the archives on those channels.