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. 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.

Members of the ensembles have gone on to some of the finest schools in the country. 

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

Rob Tapper, the founder and visionary of Spokane All-City Jazz Ensembles and a native of Boston, Massachusetts has attended the Eastman School of Music (M.M. in Jazz & Contemporary Media) and the University of New Hampshire (B.M. in Music Education). Before moving to his current job as the Director of Jazz at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana he held the position as Director of Jazz at Eastern Washington University.