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MISSION STATEMENT
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.

Instrumental Music classes 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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MEET THE DIRECTOR

Mr. Jim MairJim 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.

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

VIDEO


Jim Mair - Director/Alto Sax, Richard Tucker - Alto Sax,
Rex Hancock - Vibraphone, Jamie Anderson - Guitar,
Trey Green - Bass, Perry Holliday - Drums