Jazz has a long and storied history at WSU. Wichita has historically been a popular stop on concert tours for many of the famous jazz musicians. Our partnership with the Wichita Jazz Festival, the longest-running educational jazz festival in the nation, continues today and brings our jazz students into contact with some of the best and brightest of the jazz world.

Jazz Studies alumni have gone on to do great things. The ranks of great players to come through WSU include NYC drummer Matt Wilson (student of J.C. Combs), current Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan Andrew Bishop, current WSU Professor of Jazz Piano John Goering and Professor of Jazz Trumpet Scott Strecker, vocalist with the Air Force Band Blue Steel Julie Bradley, and LA-based bassist Edward Livingston.

Interested undergraduate students should check out our future students page or click here to find out more about auditioning for the School of Music. Those interested in Graduate work should see our graduate information page for more or email David MacDonald, our Graduate Coordinator, to get started.

Jazz Faculty

William Flynn

Associate Professor of Guitar and Area Coordinator, Jazz Studies


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Dr. Mark Foley

Professor of Double Bass, Electric Bass


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John Goering

Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano


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Steven Hatfield

Instructor of Jazz Drumset


James Pisano

Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies


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