Consistent with VCU Jazz’s mission statement, the jazz orchestras perform a body of work that spans from past jazz masters to current student compositions and arrangements, covering a wide range of styles that will prepare students for their future careers.
Jazz Orchestra I
The VCU Jazz Orchestra I is the most visible component of the VCU Jazz Studies
program. The ensembles has received DownBeat Outstanding Performance awards in the big band, combo, soloist and vocalist categories; has appeared at the Smithsonian Institution, the International Association for Jazz Education Conference, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Midwest Clinic; and has received the highest ratings at multiple appearances at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival. Its performances comprise the majority of the jazz program’s latest CD, “A Joyful Noise.” The ensemble periodically tours locally, regionally or nationally in various years and has appeared with a long list of acclaimed musicians. While the majority of the band is typically music majors, occasionally students from elsewhere on campus merit a Jazz Orchestra I chair.
Contact the director: Antonio Garcia
Jazz Orchestra II
The VCU Jazz Orchestra II is an outstanding ensemble whose membership frequently includes students from across the Department of Music and beyond. The band has performed outreach concerts throughout the greater Richmond area and has appeared with a number of acclaimed jazz musicians, including VCU alumni.
Contact the director: Bryan Hooten