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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.

Everett High School All-Star Jazz Band — Letting The Energy Lead

When Abe Beeson asked this band’s mentor, Mark Taylor, about his role in the group, part of Mark’s answer was that he wanted the musicians to feel good as an ensemble ‘and then letting that energy take over.’  Considering the fact that Mark only worked with the students twice before this studio session, his methodology must have worked.  The Everett High School All-Star Band completely nailed three songs in a row and had a great time doing it.


Meagan Vinther—Director

Mark Taylor—Mentor/Alto Sax

Jackson Cruz—Trumpet

Marah Gillihan—Tenor Sax

Adonis DelValle--Trombone

Ethan Schmidt—Guitar

Mitch Baker—Bass

Paul Jaton—Drums