The RJO's Annual Educational Program


Hosted by the RJO and Department of Music, UNR

February 11, 12 & 13, 2021

Help sponsor this great program! (Click here)


For the last 20 years, the RJO has hosted an annual Jazz in the Schools event. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, this one-day event was an opportunity for jazz ensembles from Northern Nevada to come together to perform for each other and to receive educational feedback from our guest clinicians. The event was always provided at no charge to schools, participants, or attendees.

This year (2021) Jazz in the Schools is organized differently due to social distancing guidelines meant to keep students, directors, and clinicians safe. Instead of the traditional gathering in an open forum at UNR, this year the students will actually be in their own music rooms at their schools where they will be mentored via live Zoom from our guest clinicians.

Over the years, Dr. Andy Heglund (UNR Music Professor/RJO drummer) has been instrumental in growing the event. This past year 17 big bands, 2 choirs, and 5 combos performed at UNR for two outstanding clinicians. This opportunity also helps the ensembles to prepare for the Reno Jazz Festival (RJF) in which they are rated. Over the years, those schools that have participated have shown a consistent improvement in their scores at the RJF.

For more information, contact Nichole Heglund at

Ante Up for Education

With your support, our mission will remain strong to sustain this important educational program.

Sponsor the entire Jazz in the Schools event: $25,000

If you are interested in sponsoring the full-day event, please email Chuck Reider or call 775-372-6160.

Sponsor the guest artist: $2,000

If you are interested in sponsoring the guest artist, please email Chuck Reider or call 775-372-6160.

Sponsor a clinician: $1,000

If you are interested in sponsoring a clinician, please email Chuck Reider or call 775-372-6160.

Donations for the following sponsorships can be made instantly online:

Sponsor a mentor for a semester: $500
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Sponsor an online masterclass: $250
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Sponsor one mentor session: $150
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For more information on sponsorships, please contact Chuck Reider, Executive / Music Director at or call 775-372-6160.