Spokane All-City Jazz Ensembles

Kyle Moreen




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.

Chris Parkin


Program Director and Instructor

Upon graduating cum laude from Whitworth College, Christopher enrolled in graduate school at the University of Southern mississippi in 2005.  He held a teaching assistantship in the jazz department where he directed the Lab II band and several combos.

As a student he won numerous awards at the Lionel Hampton and North Texas Jazz Festivals and has worked with many tremendous jazz artists.  His past employers include Carnival Cruise Lines and Camp-of-the-Woods; a Christina faith-based resort in upstate New York.

Christopher serves on faculty of both Whitworth and Gonzaga Universities.  He is an active educator/adjudicator and performs regularly with various ensembles around the northwest; including the Spokane Jazz and Symphony Orchestras.

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


To encourage, promote, and develop young jazz musicians by teaching improvisation and listening techniques to enhance their understanding of the language of jazz. 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, private instruction, 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.