Jazz Festival History – Twenty two years
The Great Bend Jazz Festival began in 1994 as a two day festival. The festival has sponsored professional and amateur jazz musicians from surrounding states to perform in Great Bend.
Clinics given by guest performers has always been an integral part of the festival and music scholarships have also been awarded when possible.
The Jazz Festival, Inc. mission is to promote live jazz music in our community and to encourage young people to be involved with jazz by sponsoring clinics, workshops and scholarships.
The Great Bend Jazz Festival was incorporated in October, 1997. Original Board of Directors: Robert Feldt; Joe Boley; Warren Deckert; Kurtis Koch; Ron Mink; J.B. Webster; Lois Jerke; David Weller.
Current Committee Members:
Robert Feldt; Joe Boley; Mark DeWald; Kurtis Koch;
Steve Lueth; Marc Webster; Don Regehr