A Musical Life

Lisa Hittle is Assistant Professor of Music and directs the jazz program at Friends University. She is a frequent performer with various jazz ensembles in and around Wichita.

“The Maynard Ferguson Orchestra came to Winfield, Kansas to Southwestern College and played a concert. It was the famous Live at Jimmy’s band, it was that lineup that recorded that album with Bruce Johnstone on baritone saxophone.

It was that night that everything really changed for me and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Scott Mackey is a member of The Candy Lords and The T**s, and a veteran of Wichita bands such as Black Gasoline and Bright Young Hopefuls. He is also sound engineer at Barleycorn’s.

Kevin Wildt

Matthew Clagg is a visual artist, writer, concert organizer and musician. He is instrumental in organizing both ICT Fest and Wichita Psych Fest. He is currently a member of Tantric Shakes, Domestic Drone and Mystery Blood.

Paula Love Moore

Julie Brin is vocalist with the band Stimulus and has performed and recorded with a variety of projects including Half of Reason. She is also administrative assistant to the general manager at KMUW.

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This edition of A Musical Life originally aired on May 15, 2015.

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William Flynn is assistant professor of jazz guitar at Wichita State University. He is involved in a variety of jazz-based musical ensembles including Driver, Friendly Skeleton, and The Songbook Project.

Lynne Davis is associate professor of organ at Wichita State University, where she is the Robert L. Town Distinguished Professor of Organ. Davis also hosts the Wednesdays in Wiedemann concert series, which celebrates the Marcussen organ which is housed there. 

Chris Fox is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Newman University in Wichita. He grew up in the Seattle music scene of the 1980s and 1990s, recording with the band Bitter End and, later, in Memphis with The Also. He has toured with former Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate and continues to play bass when he can.

Kevin Wildt

Will Erickson plays with a variety of musical projects including The Travel Guide, Twin Cities, and Jenny Wood Band. He plays drums in each of those projects but handles guitar duties in Team Tremolo.


Charisse Kahler is a native of Michigan who has lived in a variety of cities and states. For more than a decade she and her husband Steve have performed as The Kahlers.

My concept of songwriting is that the best ones are handed to you, as John Lennon once said, on a flaming pie.

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“I play bass in the roots-rock band North Platte. I’ve played bass nearly my whole life. I started in fourth grade in elementary school when they first introduced the option and just followed it all the way through school. I laid low for a few years after school but have been playing regularly for the last five or six years again.

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