Instrumental Music

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

Instrumental groups perform between 75-100 performances annually.  Each year KCKCC Instrumental groups perform on local concert series', at local night clubs, 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 along with invitations to perform at the Puerta Vallarta Jazz Festival and the Hawaii Jazz Festival.  In 2006, KCKCC Instrumental groups were invited to perform and conduct clinics in Morocco as guest of the Moroccan government. Since 1999, KCKCC instrumental groups have received number 1 ratings at every festival they have performed at.


Meet the Director


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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, The Kansas City High School All Star Jazz Ensemble and The Kansas City Jazz Quintet and is the producer of The Kansas City Jazz Summit. 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 with a Master of Arts degree. He has served on the faculty at the College of Southern Idaho, the International Music Camp and the Charlie Parker Academy of the Arts. In 1998, Jim served as a Jazz Artist in Residence at the University of Arizona. Jim has conducted All-State Jazz Ensembles in North Dakota, South Dakota (twice) and Idaho and has appeared as a guest conductor and soloist with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. In addition, he has on multiple occasions conducted the Kansas City All District Jazz Ensemble.  Read More

Faculty

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

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

Steve Molloy - Brass
Alex Toepfer - Woodwinds
Jurgen Welge - Percussion
Bram Wijnands - Bass/Jazz Piano
Rod Fleeman - Guitar
Mike Ning - Jazz Piano Accompanist
Spencer Huston - Piano
Kairy Koesheva - Piano
Nell French - Violin/Viola
Jeff Beck - Cello

Contact Information

Jim Mair

Instrumental Music at KCKCC

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
10AM - 10:50AM M, W, F

JAZZ BAND
11AM - 11:50AM M, W, F

LATIN CONCERT BAND
12:30PM - 1:45PM T, TH

JAZZ IMPROVISATION
1PM - 2:20PM M,W

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
2:30PM - 4:00PM M,

KC HIGH SCHOOL ALL STAR BIG BAND
6:30PM - 9:30PM W

KCKCC COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA
6:30PM - 9:30PM TH

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