Published on October 14, 2015
RJO drummer Andy Heglund highlights the Reno Jazz Orchestra's annual "Jazz in the Schools" program.
Yearly Jazz Music Clinics
The Reno Jazz Orchestra’s annual Jazz in the Schools event takes place each February in the Department of Music's prestegious Nightingale Concert Hall, University of Nevada, Reno. Each year, this all day event starts at 9am with jazz clinics presented througout the day by nationally recognized guest clinicians from music departments and schools from around the country. There are also several clinics offered by members of the UNR Jazz Faculty. The clinicians critique each student group’s performance and then work with that group immediately after their performance to improve their jazz performance skills. In years past there have been as many as twelve groups participating and performing on stage.
As part of the day's event, the Reno Jazz Orchestra performs on stage for a 45 minute concert at noon. A pizza lunch is provided at a nominal fee and afterwards the RJO performs a concert for the students and audience members featuring performances by UNR Jazz and Improvisational Music studies professors. Also offered is a jazz workshop for local educators.