Spokane All-City Jazz Ensembles

 
 
 

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.

Kyle Moreen

 

Instructor

Kyle Moreen is a woodwind player, teacher, and composer based out of his hometown of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Kyle recently graduated from the University of Miami with a Master of Music in Jazz Saxophone. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Whitworth University, where he studied both Jazz Performance and Composition. During his college career, Kyle has had various opportunities to teach students from middle school through college in the areas of music theory, ear training, and jazz improvisation, and has also gained experience leading rehearsals for a variety of 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.

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.

ABOUT

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.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

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.

 

OUR TEAM