The RJO's Annual Educational Program


Hosted by the RJO and Department of Music, UNR

Jazz in the Schools

"[The students] get the best of both worlds. They get to perform in front of a bunch of people, their friends, other schools, and then they get to have feedback on their performance by some world class professionals."

Andrew Heglund, D.A. - Department of Music University of Nevada, Reno

Information for Jazz in the Schools 2021 Coming Soon.
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For the last 20 years, the RJO has hosted an annual Jazz in the Schools event. This one-day event is an opportunity for jazz ensembles from Northern Nevada to perform for feedback from nationally recognized clinicians. This event is provided at no charge to schools, participants, or attendees.

The mission is to bring students together to perform for one another and work with RJO musicians in a clinic. 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 local performance opportunity also helps the ensembles to prepare for the Reno Jazz Festival (RJF) in which they are rated.

Those schools that have participated have seen a consistent improvement in their scores at the RJF over the years.

For more information or to sign up your child for our the next Saturday Jazz Workshop, contact Nichole Heglund at

Ante Up for Education

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

Sponsor the full-day 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 student tickets can be made online:

Sponsor 20 student tickets: $500
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Sponsor 10 student tickets $250
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For more information on sponsorships, please contact Chuck Reider, Executive / Music Director at or call 775-372-6160.