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Boettger brings Wichita talent to Bethel campus for jazz recital

April 6th, 2022

Joel Boettger

Director of bands Joel Boettger will give a faculty jazz recital tonight at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium, backed by several friends from the Wichita music scene.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Playing along with Boettger on saxophone will be William Flynn, director of jazz studies at Wichita State University, on guitar; Steve Hatfield, instructor of jazz drum set at WSU, on drums; and Chris Shaw on upright bass.

The set list includes a mixture of standards and one original composition.

Boettger is a graduate of Bethel College and the Eastman School of Music. In addition to leading jazz groups at Bethel, he directs the Bethel College Wind Ensemble.

Bethel is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887 and is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for academic excellence, Bethel ranks at #15 in the Washington Monthly list of “Best Bachelor’s Colleges” and #31 in U.S. News & World Report, Best Regional Colleges Midwest, both for 2021-22. Bethel was the only Kansas college or university selected for the American Association of College & Universities’ 2021 Institute on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, and has been named a TRHT Campus Center. For more information, see

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.