A Musical Life

KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin interviews Wichitans who live a musical life... as a full-time vocation or a part-time passion.

Derek Hildebrandt

Heather Wooldridge is a Wichita-based musician. She plays keyboards with Vehicles and a variety of other instruments in her downtime. She favors soul music and the drums.

Torin Andersen

Georgia Andersen is a multi-instrumentalist who has played in bands such as You’ll Be A Torso and This Great October. Her current project is Notes.Scraps .

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...

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. “People do not believe that I’m an introvert—because I can get on stage. But I do have stage fright. It takes me about to about the middle of the second set before I’m really comfortable. And, at that point, I’m not really even there. I’m not even really aware of the audience. I have kind of...

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

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