Jazz Festival

Join us Feb 18-19 2022

A Celebration of Jazz Legends and Legends in the Making

Friends University is pleased to announce this year’s 29th annual Jazz Festival will take place Feb.18-19, 2022. We are excited to return to our long-established tradition of two days of performances, clinics and educational opportunities.

The first concert of the festival will take place Friday evening, February 18 and will feature the Concert Jazz Band with vocalist Tyruzaay Richards. Our guest artist group, led by Dr. Craig Curry, is Wichita’s premiere vocal jazz group, The Dreamliners. Comprised primarily of Jazz Vocal Ensemble alums, they represent well the rich tradition of jazz at Friends University.

The final day of the 29th Annual Friends Jazz festival will culminate with performances by Friends University’s SOULstice and our feature guest group, the Friends All-Star Jazz Sextet. Friends jazz alums Zach Rich, Jason Whitmore, Nathan Borton, Josh Davis, Miguel Santana Morales and Sam Hake have put together a great set and are a source of pride for the Friends Fine Arts Division.

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Educational Opportunities for High School Bands

As is the Jazz Festival tradition, we will be offering educational opportunities and clinics for instrumental groups! Participants will perform throughout the morning and afternoon of Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19. During the performance time, Friends University adjudicators will provide written feedback as well as a clinic with the band.

Friends University jazz ensembles (and guest artists) will perform at noon both days followed by a Q & A session available to all participants. Lunch is available $5 per student.

We are eager to introduce ourselves to high school jazz musicians that are considering a career in music. We offer a variety of education degrees, including a B.M. in jazz performance, which is an incredible opportunity in this region of the country. We are proud of a robust scholarship program at Friends University and are eager to make connections with any prospective students that may benefit from studying in this program.


Performance Information

FEBRUARY 18, 2022

Friends University Concert Jazz Band (with vocalist Tyruzaay Richards)

Featuring The Dreamliners directed by Dr. Craig Curry

Friday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium – Riney Fine Arts Center
Tickets – Adults: $6,  Students & Seniors: $3

FEBRUARY 19, 2022

Friends University Headliner Concert

Featuring Friends University’s elite performing group, SOULstice and the Friends All-Star Jazz Sextet. 

Saturday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium – Riney Fine Arts Center
Tickets – Adults: $16,  Students & Seniors: $12

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Sign Up Jazz Festival

Here you can sign up for Friends University's 2021 Jazz Festival. $125 registration fee per ensemble can be sent by check to: Nicholas Schroeder 2100 W. University Ave. Wichita, KS 67213 For more questions, contact Nicholas Schroeder at nicholas_schroeder@friends.edu.