Spokane All-City Jazz Ensembles

History

Past Guest Clinicans

The Spokane All-City Jazz Ensembles program (SAJE) was established in 2003.  It began under the direction of Rob Tapper with one big band fielding some of the finest young jazz musicians in the area. Since the first year, the program has expanded to the Middle School level and has served hundreds of young musicians.

 

Upon Rob's departure in 2012 for the University of Montana, Brian McCann took over the organization. During his tenure, the program flourished with highlights including the implementation of the All-star JAM group in addition to the SAJE in the summer program.

 

In 2017, Christopher Parkin was promoted to Artistic Director.

 

SAJE ensembles have had the opportunity to perform with jazz greats such as Reggie Thomas, Dave Pietro and Paul Mckee along with performing at the All-Northwest MENC Conference, Ella’s Supper Club and with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra.

Dave Pietro, saxophone; Dana Landry, piano; Marcus Printup, Trumpet; Mark Taylor, saxophone; Reggie Thomas, piano/organ; Paul McKee, trombone; and Bijon Watson, trumpet.