The RJO Board of Directors
& Staff


100 Percent Giving Board Award for 2021
From the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada


Chuck Reider — President

Chuck Reider Portrait PhotoChuck has been a professional trombonist for over forty years, starting his career in San Francisco where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in music from San Francisco State University. He moved to the Reno-Tahoe area in 1978 where he played his first casino gig at the Cal-Neva which featured Johnny Ray and a new upcoming comedian Jay Leno.

As a showroom musician, he performed with all the great entertainers from Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. to Diana Ross and Willie Nelson. He has performed with the Reno Philharmonic since 1984 which included two performances with the great Pavarotti. Chuck is a founding member of the Reno Jazz Orchestra and has been the Music Director since 2006. Music is his passion, and he is committed to the RJO’s Mission bringing our community world-class big band performances and motivating the next generation of jazz musicians through the RJO education program.

Vernon Scarbrough — Executive Director

Vern Scarbrough Portrait PhotoColonel (retired) Vernon Scarbrough has spent most of his life in the Reno-Sparks area, attending local schools. It was in the Washoe County School District that he learned his craft as a musician, with an emphasis on the saxophone.

Vern graduated with a Bachelor of Music, with a minor in Music Education from one the country’s most prestigious jazz colleges, the University of North Texas.

He received his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, Music Education from Southern Oregon University.

Vern earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Scarbrough taught band in the Washoe County School District for twenty-two years and is now retired.

Vern is a Co-Founder of the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra and Director of Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra I.

  • Andrew Woodard — Secretary
  • Scott Thunder — Treasurer
  • Dallas Smith
  • Mike Eardley
  • Linda Newberg
  • Scot Marshall
  • Bob Conrad

Staff and Associates


Mailing Address

Reno Jazz Orchestra
124 West Taylor Street
Reno, Nevada 89509

Phone, Email, Website

Share Your Time - Volunteer!

Volunteers are vital to the Reno Jazz Orchestra. The RJO relies on donations of time to strengthen our organization and to endure our many events run smoothly. Opportunities exist to assist with performances and special events throughout the year in Reno, Tahoe and Northern Nevada.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Call or email now to join our pool of volunteers. Contact Lee Koch, our Special Events Director at 775-372-6160 or email Lee at