RJO Discover Jazz Workshop
and Gems Jazz Combo Workshop

Early Registration ENDS: Monday, April 4, 2024 (Register Now!)

The Discover Jazz Workshop and the Gems Jazz Combo Workshop are both geared toward students with a keen interest in jazz music, but with limited experience with playing jazz (6th-12th grade).

Register Now! Early Bird Registration ends at 11:59pm on Monday, April 4, 2024.

RJO Director Search Series 2023-24

Jazz around the World

On Sunday, March 10, 2024, at The Theatre, saxophonist Greg Johnson will take center stage to lead the Reno Jazz Orchestra in a program titled "Jazz Around the World," featuring music from Kansas City, Iceland, Canada, and Tokyo. The concert will include some of Johnson's own compositions and also feature him as a saxophone soloist with the band.

Dr. Greg Johnson is quickly becoming recognized as an important voice in the jazz community. His distinctive saxophone sound and compositional style have found their way into multiple genres of Jazz, Classical, and Popular music. He has toured and performed with notable Pop and Rock acts and has appeared in concert and on over 40 mainstream recordings with jazz legends Curtis Fuller, Billy Taylor, Bob Mintzer, and many more.

AND, this particular concert is the last of our Music Director Search Series! Come help us choose our final candidate as you experience our fourth and last candidate, Greg Johnson, take the stage. At the end of the concert, we would appreciate your input through a quick survey that you will receive that night.

RJO Director Search Series 2023-24

Director Search Concert Series
Four Concerts - Four Guest Directors

Join us in searching for our next music director.

The Music Director Search Series is a four-concert showcase of the prospective choices for the orchestra's next music director. Each concert will feature a different conductor.


Past Concerts


Expanding Jazz Education: A Look at Reno Jazz Orchestra's Impactful Programs

Ten years ago at the 2013 Reno Jazz Orchestra board retreat, I brought forward the need for succession in case something happened to me. I am happy to say I am still here, but much has changed in the RJO thanks to the hard work of the board, staff, and band. Since this is the season of thanks and sharing, I want to give a shoutout to all the folks who are the RJO. . .

Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra performing on stage

Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO)

Fourth quarter, 2022, was an exciting time for the RJO, as we merged the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra into our organization.

RYJO is the vehicle for big band jazz ensemble experience for local middle and high school musicians. The orchestra performs throughout the Northern Nevada and Northern California area, offering, on average, twelve performances during their nine-month season.

The orchestra was established in 2006, co-founded by Vernon Scarbrough and Karen Scarbrough. Vernon continues to be the Orchestra's Music Director, and Karen, the Director of Programs and Development.

Be sure to save the dates for this year's performance schedule. These young musicians are talented and dedicated; their music is awesome.

The RJO Legacy Society

The RJO Legacy Society

As a Legacy Society member, your passion, support, and dedication to our organization and fans worldwide will be forever treasured. With your commitment to create your personal legacy for the Reno Jazz Orchestra, you will sustain that extraordinary legacy of music and education that we are honored to share with our fans and community as well.

Ante Up For Education

Ante Up For Education

Our mission is to build a greater appreciation of jazz in Northern Nevada by providing outstanding big band performances, promoting the artistry of Reno Jazz Orchestra musicians through a variety of ensembles, and supporting jazz education through a mentorship program in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. All combined, we contribute to the vibrancy, diversity, cultural vitality, and quality of our community’s artistic life.

Some of our wonderful fans

To Our Wonderful Fans

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Stay in touch with the RJO by joining the RJO Fan Club. All we need is your name and your email address. We'll keep you informed about upcoming performances, events, and our plans for the future. We promise, we won't give your info to anyone outside our organization, and we won't fill your in-box with countless emails, but we will remind you of great music you won't want to miss.