Instrumental Music

The Instrumental Music program at KCKCC strives to prepare students to become well rounded musicians. All students will improve as sight readers, as improvisers and musicians who are fundamentally sound. This is achieved by rehearsing and performing a variety of literature that is educationally relevant and historically significant.

Instrumental groups include the Jazz Band, several small ensembles and the Midwest Winds Concert Band. Each year KCKCC Instrumental groups perform on local concert series', at local nightclubs, in the college Performing Arts Center and for community service programs around the metropolitan area.

KCKCC instrumental groups have performed at the JVC/ NYC Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and at the 30th anniversary of the Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba. Since 1999, KCKCC instrumental groups have received number 1 ratings at every festival they have performed at. Notable alumni include saxophonist Bobby Watson, Tim Bailey (bassist with Ariana Grande) Adam Strick (PIXAR films) Chris Hazelton and Nick Rowland.

Meet the Director

Jim Mair Instructor at KCKCC

Jim Mair is currently a Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He also serves as the Artistic Director for The Kansas City Jazz Alliance. From 2003 -2010 he served as the Artistic Director and conductor for The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, a performance organization that he and his wife Mary founded.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mr. Mair graduated from the University of Mary (Bismarck, North Dakota) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance with a Master of Arts degree. He was selected as alumni of the year at both institutions. In 1995 and 2017 respectively. He has served on the faculty at the College of Southern Idaho, the International Music Camp and the Charlie Parker Academy of the Arts. Jim has conducted All-State Jazz Ensembles in North Dakota, South Dakota (twice) and Idaho and has been an Artist/Clinician for Selmer saxophones for twenty five years.


Our esteemed Instrumental Music Faculty hail from six different countries,  have collectively recorded over 70 compact discs, received four Grammy nominations, toured the world and are considered Kansas City's top call musicians.

Jim Mair - Director of Instrumental Music, Jazz Studies and Woodwinds

Justin Binek, Ph.D. - Piano, Jazz Piano
Rod Fleeman 
- Guitar
Spencer Huston 
- Piano
Brett Jackson 
- Woodwinds
Steve Molloy
- Brass
Nahyun Kim, Ph.D.
- Piano
Mike Ning 
- Jazz Piano Accompanist
Andrew Stinson
- Bass
Jurgen Welge
 - Percussion
Bram Wijnands
 - Bass/Jazz Piano

Contact Information

Jim Mair, Associate Professor of Music
Instrumental Music

Instrumental Ensemble
Mon, Wed, Fri
10 am - 10:50 am

Jazz Band
Mon, Wed, Fri
11 am - 11:50 am

Latin Concert Band
Tue, Thur
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Jazz Improvisation
Tue, Thu
11 am - 12:15 pm

Instrumental Ensemble
Mon, Wed
1:30 pm - 2:50 pm

Midwest Winds Concert Band
3 pm - 5:00 pm

Kansas City Youth Jazz Orchestra
Auditions during the first week of June

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