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Bethel to host reunion jazz concert with alumni, faculty and guests

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College jazz kicks off the 2015-16 school year with a concert featuring Bethel alumni and current Bethel music faculty with guests.

These players comprise some of the finest jazz musicians in the Wichita and Kansas City areas. They’ll be together on the Krehbiel Auditorium stage in Bethel’s Luyken Fine Arts Center Aug. 23 at 3 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public. Musicians are Brett Jackson, Joel Linscheid and Jim Pisano, saxophones; Ben Harder, trombone; Aaron Linscheid, trumpet; William Flynn, guitar; Kim Garey and Brandon Lee Blackburn, drums; and Chris Hazelton, organ.

Jackson and the Linscheids are Newton High School and Bethel College graduates who played together during those years. Harder, a Hesston High School and Bethel graduate, also played with them at Bethel.

Pisano has been Bethel director of jazz studies since 2006. Joel Linscheid filled in for him during an education leave, 2013-15, and remains on the Bethel music faculty. Garey is adjunct instructor of percussion at Bethel.

Jackson and Aaron Linscheid both live in the Kansas City area and have master’s degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Jackson is an adjunct instructor at Washburn University, Topeka, and Kansas City Kansas Community College, while Linscheid works at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Since moving to Kansas City in 2009, Jackson has been busy performing with many of the area’s premiere jazz ensembles – including his own Brett Jackson Quartet – in numerous venues. Kansas City’s The Pitch noted him “among the brightest young forces in Kansas City jazz today.”

Hazelton is also a regular in the Kansas City jazz scene, including with his Chris Hazelton Trio (with Nick Rowland and Kevin Frazee). He directs the young adult choir at the historic Centennial United Methodist Church at 18th and Vine in Kansas City’s Jazz District.

Harder completed a master’s degree at Florida State University and now lives in Freeman, South Dakota.

Flynn, Wichita, has a master’s degree from the University of North Texas and has been a visiting instructor of jazz guitar at Wichita State University. He recently performed with Pisano, Garey and Andy Bowers at Roxy’s Downtown in Wichita.

Blackburn lives in Hutchinson and frequently plays in local venues such as Reba’s in Newton and the Fisch Haus in Wichita.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2015-16 analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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