Friends University’s 30th Annual Jazz Festival on Feb. 17-18 features Impressive Guest Artists and Collaborative Concerts

Wichita, Kan. – Friends University is pleased to announce this year’s 30th annual Jazz Festival will take place Feb. 17-18. The tradition continues with Program Director of Jazz and Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Nicholas Schroeder.

“Friends University has a rich history of exceptional musicianship from students and guest artists which has always been on display during the annual jazz festival,” said Dr. Schroeder. “It is an honor for our musicians to share the stage with industry professionals and provides them with a valuable experience to inspire and motivate them.”

The festival will start with an evening concert on Feb. 17 featuring two vocal jazz ensembles and a Latin jazz group with guest pianist, vocalist, and composer Justin Binek. Hutchinson Community College’s award-winning vocal jazz group Badinage opens the concert followed by Friends University’s Jazz Vocal Ensemble for a great set of swing and sophistication. After intermission, a group of Friends University’s elite music instrumentalists have a true headliner set with the group Conjunto Latino.

The final day of the 30th Annual Friends Jazz Festival will culminate with performances by Friends University Concert Jazz Band with a set of professional big band charts that showcases some incredible student improvisers and a world premiere from student composer Adin Gilmore. Closing out the show is Ryan Heinein’s The Project H which is a rock/fusion funk group from Kansas City that plays all original music written by bandleader Heinlein.

All activities Feb. 17-18 will take place at Friends University in the Riney Fine Arts Center – Sebits Auditorium. Ticket prices vary and may be purchased online at or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677.

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Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.