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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 Alaska Airlines and BECU.

School Of Jazz: The Ryan Leppich Quintet - A Final High School Swing

Drummer Ryan Leppich has graduated Mountlake Terrace HS and is preparing to go off to college.  However, while at MTHS, he formed a jazz quintet consisting of some of his school band mates as well as fine players from other high school jazz programs in the area.  

3 of the 5 are graduating, so we were fortunate to get them into the KPLU performance studio before they went their separate ways.   In this session they take on some pretty complex jazz compositions and they do with an ease that belies their years.  Dig in.

The Band:

  • Joel Steinke-soprano sax (Edmonds-Woodway)
  • Jacob Krieger-tenor sax (Mountlake Terrace)
  • Leo Folsom-piano (Roosevelt)
  • Luis Ross-bass  (Edmonds-Woodway)
  • Ryan Leppich-drums  (Mountlake Terrace)

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