The Eastern Washington University Jazz Ambassadors, a newly-formed group of 18 music students dedicated to teaching and inspiring others through creative action, debuted with a performance at Spokane’s Shriners Hospital on Veterans Day.
The inaugural concert and workshop was held, Monday, Nov. 11, where the Ambassadors not only performed but taught kids some of the finer points of making music.
“One of our goals is to inspire children though the arts,” Phil Doyle, an EWU lecturer in music who is leading up the project, said. “The Ambassadors hope to show that through the positive elements of music, we can affect change and show there is a pathway toward a positive and enriching life.”
Doyle notes the ambassadors program also aims to foster leadership among the jazz band members through its community outreach. The concerts and clinics will teach them about teamwork, creativity, and give them a chance to enhance their community while advancing the university’s research, teaching and service missions.
Thanks to the Kalispell Tribe, the EWU Jazz Ambassadors has received a $4,500 grant to support its outreach and public engagement efforts this academic year.