Celebrating the 40th year of jazz music at HCC, we are renaming our annual jazz festival to the Bryce Luty Jazz Festival. Luty founded jazz music at HCC in 1974 and established a junior college jazz program that has gained international acclaim. Mr. Luty passed away in December 2014, after a brief battle with cancer.
The Bryce Luty Jazz Festival consists of two days of high and middle school bands that perform for the public and enjoy a clinic with top jazz professionals.
The concert choir at HCC is one of several vocal groups that performs as part of the HCC Vocal Music department. The groups are open to music majors and non-music majors alike. Each ensemble has their own scholarship program to support performers in each group.
Music is our featured program of the month at Hutchinson Community College.
With complex harmonies and challenging compositions, the HCC Vocal Jazz group Badinage has become one of the top vocal jazz groups in the United States. The group has been a featured group at numerous jazz and vocal festivals throughout the country, and has appeared several times a the famous Carnegie Hall in New York.
The HCC music department hosts a variety of outstanding concerts throughout the school year, and the public is welcome and invited to attend. Schedules and ticket information for each performance are available to view on the Fine Arts website.
The HCC Instrumental and Vocal Jazz programs are led by four gentlemen who are also renowned musicians. The group includes (from left) Neal Allsup (vocal), Jeff Pelischek (instrumental), Nick Schroeder (instrumental) and Matthew Cash (piano). Each has performed professional with a variety of groups and have been clinicians and/or performers at major musical festivals around the world. All are experts in their field and have years of teaching experience among the combined group.