The Reno Jazz Orchestra 
In Concert with
The Pat Esters Gospel Choir
and Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra


A Gospel Christmas

“We draw great inspiration from each other,” Reider said as he referred to the Gospel Choir. This show is like nothing you ever experienced before. It speaks to lovers of jazz and holiday music.”

“Last year’s Gospel Christmas Show with the RJO was such a success we decided to bring it back to the Reno and Lake Tahoe region,” said Chuck Reider, Music Director. 

This year’s performance at Squaw Valley is just part of their annual “Merry Days and Holly Nights” festivities.  Throughout December, the community offers seventeen days of merriment with music, arts and more for locals and visitors alike. 

The Pat Esters Gospel Choir

  • Lori Johnson, Choir Director


  • Marsha Dupree
  • Telisha Hutchinson
  • CeCe Lewis


  • Pat Esters
  • Sheila Leijon
  • Sean Lyons
  • Kristina Rucker


  • Stanley Bailey
  • Tristan Hutchinson
  • David Wells


  • Ryan Kinelski
  • John Palmore

The Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra

It has become a tradition for the RYJO to open the show each year for the RJO's annual Jazz for the Holiday concert at Nightingale Concert Hall. Be sure to come early to catch this talented local ensemble.

Find out more about the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Reno Jazz Orchestra

Reno Jazz Orchestra

To find out more about the "Merry Days and Holly Nights" celebration at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, visit their official website.

Explore the interactive map of The Village at Squaw Valley.

Map to Olympic Village Inn

The Reno Jazz Orchestra

Chuck Reider, Music Director


  • John Beckman
  • Josh Dunlap
  • Terry Burns
  • Andrew Woodard


  • Dean Carter
  • Rich Lewis
  • John Bennum
  • Cody Forcier (bass trombone)


  • Jonathan Phillips, alto 1
  • Dallas Smith, alto 2
  • Jim Garaventa, tenor 1
  • Chris Gillette, tenor 2
  • Jack Scarbrough, baritone

Rhythm Section

  • Bryan McAllister, piano
  • Andy Heglund, drums
  • Hans Halt, bass
  • Joey Berger, guitar

Photography Credits: David Rocco is the official photographer for the Reno Jazz Orchestra's live stage performances.

RJO Contact & Inquiry Information

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Please Contact Us.

You can also email us at: info@renojazzorchestra.org

Our Mailing Address:

Reno Jazz Orchestra
14010 Rancheros Drive
Reno, NV 89521

This program has been funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The EL Cord Foundation, Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works, Reno Gazette Journal, Healing Healthcare Systems, Thunder Rand & Co., and the RJO Band Fans and Partners support the Reno Jazz Orchestra’s holiday events

Thank you for supporting the Reno Jazz Orchestra!