Groovetrail is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that brings live music into local care facilities and supports music education in schools.

Our Gift of Music Program provides over 70 performances each year for residents at care facilities valley-wide and features great local talent. For more information, click on "The Gift of Music."

Our Flathead Ellington Project was an all-star high school jazz ensemble comprised of students from throughout the valley. Students rehearsed, performed locally, and traveled to NYC in May 2019 to perform at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.


On behalf of the Flathead Ellington Project, Groovetrail would like to thank our donors and sponsors who made the trip to NYC a smashing success! Here is a little thank you from our students and teachers:

Meet our Founder

Erica von Kleist moved from NYC to Montana after graduating from Juilliard and embarking on an extensive career in the jazz scene. Having performed alongside Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval and Kristin Chenoweth, Erica wanted to create an organization that showcased the incredible musical talent residing the the Flathead while giving back to the community. Groovetrail has become a source of live entertainment for residents of nursing homes while providing paid work for local musicians at the same time.

Being a product of great jazz education programs, Erica has made it possible to provide these same impactful experiences for the students of the Flathead Valley through Groovetrail. For more information about Erica von Kleist, visit

Erica von Kleist Groovetrail