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 has been back to help since 2014. 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.

Tim Carpenter


Tim Carpenter has been a professional jazz and commercial trumpet player for over 20 years. He recently moved back to Spokane where he grew up from Las Vegas where he was very active in the local scene. Tim studied trumpet with Dan Keberle and played lead at Central Washington University and Whitworth College.  He has also played professionally with Carnival Cruise Lines and traveled the country with a Nashville recording artist.

Tim’s passion is to equip and inspire young musicians to deepen their knowledge of jazz and understand the skills needed to pursue music as a profession. His high energy and creative teaching style help Tim connect and challenge students to be the best!
Caleb Brown


Caleb Brown has been playing for about 15 years. In high school, he performed with the All-State and All-Northwest Jazz Bands, participated in EWU's summer jazz camp, and benefited from the SAJE program. All these opportunities helped him prepare for college, and earn a music scholarship. He graduated from Whitworth University in 2015 with a BA in Jazz Performance. Today, he works at Hoffman Music, plays in a pop band called Super Sparkle, collects vinyl records, and plays with his dog, Spaghetti. As a former SAJE student, he's very passionate about giving back to the program that fostered his love of improvised music!

Our Board:

  • Mike Witherup - President
  • Robin Amend -
    Vice President
  • Paula Atkison - Treasurer
  • Jesse Tinsley - Community Relations 
  • Brian McCann

Board Advisors

  • 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.