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.
Robert Muller is a pianist and keyboardist based in Santa Fe, NM, with experience ranging from smokey local bars to international music festivals. A freewheeling and exuberant improviser, he’s known for a distinctly modern and soulful musical approach informed as much by funk as by avant-garde jazz and 80s pop.
You might catch him sitting in with an underground hip-hop band at a local Santa Fe microbrewery, playing at an art gallery in Colorado, or backing up world-class rock and blues musicians at festivals just about anywhere.
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.
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.
MILTON VILLARUBIA III
New Orleans native, Milton Villarubia III, joined the LAJP in 2019 and brings a new life and joy to the classroom.