"/> Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble | Bethel College, KS
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Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble

Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned group made up of the top high school jazz musicians in south-central Kansas. MKJE provides students with a chance to meet and play with other talented and passionate young jazz musicians.

Rehearsals and performances

MKJE rehearses weekly on Monday nights from 7–9 p.m. at Bethel College in North Newton. The group typically performs one or two concerts per semester. In past years, MKJE has also performed at the Wichita Jazz Festival and Wichita River Festival.


The $75 registration fee per year helps cover purchase of new music, jazz festival registration fees and guest artist expenses for the MKJE Weekend Jazz Workshop.

Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble Weekend Jazz Workshop

MKJE students will get a chance to spend a weekend at Bethel College rehearsing and performing with a special guest artist. The weekend will include master classes and performances by the guest artist and local professionals. Exact dates TBD. Please check back for more details.

Audition information

Open auditions for the 2016–17 school year will take place Saturday, September 10, 1–3 p.m., and Monday, September 12, 7–9 p.m.

Auditions will be held at Bethel College in the Luyken Fine Arts Center, Room 142. (Directions to Bethel College campus.)

Audition materials will be the same as for the 2016–17 KSMEA state jazz auditions (for more details, see the KSMEA website).

Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble Faculty

James Pisano

James Pisano

Associate Professor of Music
  • B.A. University of New Hampshire
  • M.M. University of Miami 1997