Spokane All-City Jazz Ensembles

Kimberly McCann


Office Manager

With a B.A. in Arts Administration & Marketing (emphasis in Graphic Design) from Eastern Washington University, Kimberly is establishing herself in the Spokane area as a sought after talent. She held the position of Administrative Assistant for The Spokane All-City Jazz Ensemble Program for five years (2007-2012), and is now back to help. A frequent, in-demand free-lance graphic artist and website developer/consultant, Sierra Music Publications, Inc., the EWU Jazz Dialogue Festival and Summer Camps, and the Bob Curnow Big Band are just some of the companies that have employed her skills.

Our Board:

  • Robin Amend - President
  • Paula Atkison
  • Mike Witherup
  • Jesse Tinsley
  • Brian McCann
  • Tom Lienhard
  • Ben Brueggemeier


We are always welcoming new board members, if interested please contact Kimberly.

Mission Statement


We provide the opportunity for youth to experience the joy of jazz through community performance and education.


We are a non-profit organization created to provide opportunities for middle school and high school jazz students in small group settings.


Through ensembles, classes, guest artists, master classes, and performances, students in the All-City Jazz Program have many opportunities to grow and learn.



Our goal is to provide students with an opportunity to perform fun, exciting, and challenging music in a small group setting.


SAJE was founded to provide a more in-depth experience in jazz and to give students an opportunity to play with other students outside of their normal school jazz band. Our goal is to create a fun and challenging environment where students, whether they are new or experienced in their jazz playing, can develop an understanding of the jazz repertoire and the jazz language. Through performances, clinics and workshops, and regular rehearsals, our hope is to inspire students to reach new heights and become leaders in their own respective school music programs.


SAJE utilizes musicians and educators from the Spokane area to give students a great learning experience.

Christopher Parkin


Program Director and Instructor

Christopher was born and raised in Washington State. He received a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University and a master’s in music from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has been a Whitworth faculty member since 2008 teaching saxophone and jazz studies courses. Christopher is also an active clinician/adjudicator of all age levels and is a Yanagisawa sponsored artist.

In addition to his academic endeavors, Christopher enjoys time spent as a free-lance performer with ensembles around the inland northwest, including the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, Spokane Symphony Orchestra and the Bob Curnow Big Band.  He and his wife, Krina have one son.