Blue Pluto emerged from Sweetwater’s Academy of Music in 2014. Instructor and coach Eric Clancy assembled a group of teens and convinced them that, together, they could knock out some pretty good jazz. Good call, Eric!

Current band members (L-R) include:

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Trombonist Sean Nolan models his playing on Count Basie, Troy Andrews, Arturo Sandoval, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Snarky Puppy. Sean is a senior at Homestead High School, where he enjoys history and music. He competes nationally on the ski slopes.

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Bassist Sam Bellavance enjoys Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck, Paul Chambers, Michael League, and James Jamerson. He taught himself guitar and also plays in a rock band. The Canterbury High School sophomore enjoys math and history. 

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Drummer Colin Christenson models his percussion after Joe Jones, Peter Erskine, and Joe Morello. At Homestead High School, the sophomore plays football and in the jazz band.

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Aleena York is inspired by singers such as Amy Winehouse, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nai Palm. She studies Music Technology at the University of Saint Francis.

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Keyboardist Ethan Radke’s favorite artists are Robert Glasper, Chick Corea, Hiromi, and Cory Henry. As the #1 singles player, Ethan led his tennis team as a senior at Carroll High School this year. He plans to study engineering in college.

The Rose Among Four Thorns!

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