Memory continues his work fostering the development of students to learn and perform America's original Art Music, JAZZ. He recently founded the American Music Program located at the Pacific Crest Community School. This magnet school program draws students from all over the greater Portland metropolitan area. These young musicians, in grades 7 through 12, attend middle and high schools in their own communities.
The purpose of the organization is to train global ambassadors in American Art Music-Jazz. This training will open the doors for social, cultural and global identification so that students may experience a more meaningful connection between their lives, community, school and the world. Students in this program are recruited from culturally diverse backgrounds. The goal is to not only perform the music of American culture (including, but not limited to Ellington, Basie, Coltrane, Armstrong and Davis) but also to display its finest qualities in the representative lives of the students, their families and the community.
You can learn more about the American Music Program by going to www.americanmusicprogram.org