Mr. Finn is the Band Director at Los Alamos Middle School where he leads 3 concert bands and 3 jazz bands. Ryan studied music education at Loyola University - New Orleans and you can hear the New Orleans in his trombone playing. After spending 7 years teaching and band leading on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, he returned to his native New Mexico. Ryan is the founder of LAJP and the Executive Director.
Tom was born in Pennsylvania to a trumpet-playing father and a mother who was a pianist. He plays both (and sometimes at the same time). He left college to go on the road with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and has played for Glenn Miller Orchestra, Buddy Rich, Ray Charles, various Tommy Dorsey bands, Aretha Franklin, Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Temptations, Tops, Smokey Robinson and Leo Maes.
A Virginia/Washington, DC native, Michael Burt Jr. is an classically trained multi-instrumentalist, instructor, clinician and producer.
Burt's career is an alliteration of experience and accolade, whether playing and writing at the Grammy awarding studio the 'Art of Music' in Alexandria, VA; or playing bass for a big band in Busch Gardens Williamsburg that won the award for 'the Best Band in Theme Park Entertainment' two years in a row. He has played alongside elite level musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Dr. Darla Hanley(Dean of Education at the Berkelee College of Music), Alphonso Young, and John Trentacosta in classical and jazz fields for over 20 years.
Richard is a freelance jazz and classical bassist who has lived and played in New Mexico since 1971. Prior to moving to New Mexico, Richard served as a clarinetist with the US Army Bands in Europe. He retired from Santa Fe Public Schools in 2000, after 28 years, where his bands received numerous 1st Division awards at the district and regional contests; He taught at St. Michael’s High School from 2001 to 2009, where his band won the state AAA Concert Band title. Richard received the Santa Fe Partners in Education “Teachers Who Inspire” Award in 1994 and was inducted into New Mexico Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in 2001. Richard has been with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association since 2002, having served as conductor of Youth Philharmonia Orchestra.
Jeremy Bleich incorporates a wide palette of culture, ancient and modern instruments, traditions and forms and electronic manipulation into the process of creating music.
Jeremy plays bass, oud, piano, guitar and various percussion and drums.
Jeremy has a diverse background as an educator working as a composer in residence at The Santa Fe Opera in the education department, developing operettas for children (2006-present).
Previously, he worked in schools teaching music and culture at all grade levels in Cleveland, OH for Passport Project and Young Audiences, as well as here in Santa Fe, NM.