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Fort Hays State loses longtime music professor to cancer


HAYS, Kan. (KWCH) – Fort Hays State University lost a longtime music professor to cancer a week ago.

Dr. Jeff Jordan was director of bands at the university for almost 20 years. He died of a rare form of leukemia at the age of 63.

Jordan’s former colleagues, students, and his wife shared the impact he had on them.

“It was still a bit of a shock because it felt like someone was just there – forever,” said Nathan Northrop, a former trumpeter under Jeff Jordan.

Dr. Jordan stepped down from Fort Hays State last May, a position he held for 19 years.

“As someone who wishes to become a future music teacher. I think the best thing he’s done for me is probably that he showed exactly how to take care of every student, ”said FHSU music graduate Gavin Blehm.

Brad Dawson, assistant professor of music at FHSU, said his favorite memory was from a faculty Christmas party when three faculty members, including himself and Jordan, dressed up as students.

“I’m not exaggerating, it was 10, 15, maybe more minutes, just solid laughter. These students. They just couldn’t believe we crashed the party, ”Dawson recalls.

Dr. In 2015 Jordan composed a fanfare entitled “Salute” for a deceased former colleague. The same song will be played at the end of his funeral on January 15th.

“It’s powerful. Because he loved to end concerts with high, fast, loud, no prisoners, ”said his wife, JoAnn Jordan.

Dawson has asked former students and band directors to play in the service.

“The response was overwhelming. We double, triple parts. Former students, there’s even a former student flying in from New York City, ”Dawson said.

“I am not only allowed to Dr. Honoring Jordan as an incredible person, but also, ”said Blehm.

The funeral of Dr. Jordan will take place on Saturday, January 15th at 11 a.m. at the Beach-Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State University campus.

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