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Since 2005, KNKX's School of Jazz has provided mentorship, learning and performance opportunities to Western Washington middle school, high school and college jazz students. A cornerstone of the station's signature community outreach program, it has directly impacted thousands of jazz students, band directors and professional musicians. School of Jazz is sponsored by BECU.

KPLU School of Jazz is accepting applications for next year's program

KPLU is now accepting applications for 2012/2013 (Volume 9) from schools that are new to the School of Jazz program. The goal is to work with diverse schools and jazz programs: those with award-winning jazz bands, those who crave mentoring, and/or those who want the experience of recording a CD.

KPLU’s award-winning School of Jazz program supports the next generation of jazz musicians by providing mentorship to schools in Western Washington and Southern British Columbia.  School of Jazz pairs Northwest high school jazz bands with professional jazz musicians/mentors, culminating in the recording of a CD.  The program, which is going into its ninth year, raises funds for the schools’ music programs, and KPLU plays songs from each year’s CD release. 

KPLU features 12 high school jazz band programs on each year’s School of Jazz CD, which includes a mix of core bands and a handful of new bands.  Each band can request to work with a specific local jazz artist as its mentor, or KPLU will help the band find a mentor.

To find out more and apply for next year's School of Jazz program, please go here.

Application deadline is October 31, 2012.