Lynn “Doc” Skinner
Lynn J. "Doc" Skinner was born in Nounan, Idaho, in 1940. After earning his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in music from Utah State University, he was director of music for the Rexburg-Madison (Idaho) School District for nine years. In 1971, he was hired as a music professor at the University of Idaho in Moscow, and in 1976, he took over the university's jazz festival, which was renamed the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in 1985. Under Skinner's leadership, and with the support of Lionel Hampton, the festival experienced unprecedented growth for decades. In 2006, the year Skinner retired as executive director, the festival was awarded the National Medal of Arts, making it the first and only music festival to receive the honor.
Skinner remains in Moscow and continues to spread his passion for jazz and teaching by attending the festival each year. He is introduced to the crowd each year so audience members are reminded of the legacy he and Hampton left behind.
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