The mission of KPLU School of Jazz is to support the next generation of jazz musicians by providing mentorship to schools in Western Washington and Southern British Columbia free of charge. The goal is to work with diverse schools and jazz programs: those with award-winning high jazz bands, those who crave mentoring, and/or those who want the experience of recording a CD.
KPLU is excited to embark on the tenth year of our School of Jazz mentoring program. Here are the participating bands for 2013/2014: Bellevue High School, Bothell High School, Glacier Peak High School (Snohomish), Lakeside School (Seattle), Lynnwood High School (Bothell), Mount Si High School (Snoqualmie), Mount Vernon High School, Mountlake Terrace High School, Newport High School (Bellevue), North Thurston (Olympia), Stadium High School (Tacoma), Tumwater High School
KPLU School of Jazz aims to strengthen local music education by pairing professional jazz musicians with high school jazz bands. The mentoring culminates in a professional recording session; the end product is a CD which schools sell as a fundraiser. The CD is also sold online at www.kplu.org. KPLU plays several songs on-air from each School of Jazz release.
Since its inception in 2005, KPLU School of Jazz has raised over $70,000 for Western Washington school music programs and has garnered two national education awards.