The Wichita Jazz Festival enjoys the expertise of top professionals who work in all aspects of our Festival organization. We have community leaders, educators, media personalities, marketing executives, and music enthusiasts on our Board of Directors. If you would like to be part of our volunteer group, or are interested in helping in an even greater capacity, please get in touch with any of the member of the WJF Board of Directors, or send a message to

Wichita Jazz Festival Board of Directors



Ken White                                                                                    Managing Partner, Howerton+White


Bill Harshbarger
Instructor, Air House Studios, Maize Public Schools (retired), Professional Musician/Consultant

Ted Vlamis
Vice President, Pioneer Balloon Company

Marjean Harshbarger
Wichita Public Schools (retired)

Board of Directors

Gray Bishop
Derby Public Schools, Wichita Symphony Orchestra

Mark Foley
Professor of Bass, Wichita State University, Principal Bass, Wichita Symphony Orchestra

Frances Jackson                                                                  Executive Director of Youth Development Services , Inc.

Kathe Thompson

Gary Jones

WJF Advisory Council

Ted Blankenship

JC Combs
Professor Emeritus, Wichita State University

Geoffrey Deibel

Dave Freeman
Chief Meteorologist, KSN-TV

Richard Leslie
Owner, The Cotillion

Sue Pearce
CFO, The Piping & Equipment Company

Matt Wilson
Jazz Drummer & WSU alum, NYC