President’s US Navy Jazz Band. Zuill Bailey. Juneau Public Library May Update.


The President’s Own US Marine Jazz Band goes wild The Juneau afternoon of KTOO. Band members: Ryan McGeorge on trombone, Greg Ridlington on saxophone, Tyler Lindsay on trumpet, Chris Rose on drums, Eric Sabo on bass, Alan Prather on guitar and Russell Wilson on keyboards.

It might have been Friday the 13th, but if you’re a music lover, Juneau afternoon was your lucky day.

The President’s Own US Marine Jazz Band was live in our studios. It’s the band that plays for the President of the United States at the White House and at other diplomatic functions, featured at this year’s Juneau Jazz and Classics spring festival.

Also on the program:

  • Zuill Bailey, internationally renowned cellist and artistic director of Juneau Jazz and Classics.
  • And swing at the Juneau Public Library. A children’s concert performed by the Nagoonberry Band.
Juneau Afternoon guest stars Margaret Luedke, Juneau Public Libraries Marketing Director, and Zuill Bailey, Juneau Jazz and Classics Artistic Director.
Andy Kline hosts Juneau afternoons on Fridays.

Andy Kline hosted Friday’s show. You can catch Juneau Afternoon, Tuesday through Friday, live at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3. The replay airs at 7:00 p.m. on KTOO. You can also listen online at

For more information on Juneau Afternoon or to schedule the show time, email

Guests: Band Members: Chris Rose, Alan Prather, Eric Sabo, Russell Wilson, Ryan McGeorge, Tyler Lindsay and Greg Ridlington

The President’s Own US Marine Jazz Band was one of the crowd favorites at this year’s Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival. Trombonist Ryan McGeorge even wrote a song for the band’s Juneau tour called Malamute Strut, inspired by his Alaskan sled dog, who lives with McGeorge in the Washington DC area but seems to be full of Alaskan attitude. Greg Ridlington, who plays saxophone and is also the band’s frontman, explains some of the band’s history, dating back to presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

Guests: Zuill Bailey, cellist and artistic director of Juneau Jazz and Classics

It is normal for the classical artists of the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival to improvise like their jazz counterparts. But Zuill Bailey didn’t expect that to happen with the concert schedule. Due to flight schedule issues, two of the Arianna String Quartet members were stranded in St. Louis and unable to attend two of the quartet’s scheduled performances on Monday night. Thus, the two members who arrived joined forces with Zuill Bailey on cello to form a trio. With just half an hour to learn new music, Bailey shares how the ad hoc trio pulled off their one-of-a-kind performance.

Guests: Margaret Luedke, Juneau Public Libraries Marketing and Programs Coordinator
There’s a lot of excitement at Juneau Public Libraries this month, which started offering a new digital service called Hoopla. Library card holders can download an app and use it to access e-books, videos, music, and other media 24/7. Also on Saturday, May 21, there will be no shooshing at the Mendenhall branch of the library, where a group of students from the Nagoonberry Music Program will play a children’s rock concert at 3:00 p.m.
Margaret Luedke, Programs and Marketing Coordinator for Juneau Public Libraries, gets a glimpse of the President’s Marine Jazz Band, which will play a family concert at the Mendenhall Library during the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival in the spring.

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Henry R. Wright