February 11, 12 & 13, 2021


Hosted by the RJO and Department of Music, UNR

Jazz in the Schools

Schedule of Events

This year 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 event will be virtual; students will actually be in their own music rooms at their schools where they will be mentored via live Zoom from our guest clinicians.

Thursday & Friday (February 11 & 12) Each clinician will lead four clinics (virtually) to eight total school jazz bands live online.
Saturday Morning (February 12) The clinician will lead two band director clinics (virtually) covering topics such as how to keep students motivated while at home, purposeful listening and practicing, and approaches to teach middle school students how to improvise.
Saturday Afternoon Concert (February 12) We will conclude this year's Jazz in the Schools program with an online concert featuring (RJO trumpeter) Julien Knowles’ Quintet performing his original compositions. The quintet will play thirty minutes, break to answer questions from the participating students, and then finish with another thirty-minute performance.
School Director Date PST Clinician Ensemble Play/Perform?
Carson High School Nick Jacques 02/11/2021 6:45 - 7:35 AM Mike Conrad Jazz Band Cohort 1 Yes
Incline High School Todd Holway 02/11/2021 2:15 - 3:00 PM Kyle Engelhardt Jazz Band Maybe
Reno High School Rachael Cowell 02/11/2021 2:40 - 3:30 PM Mike Conrad Jazz Band A-Day Yes
Carson High School Nick Jacques 02/12/2021 6:45 - 7:35 AM Kyle Engelhardt Jazz Band Cohort 2 Yes
Depoali Middle School Daniel Barthel 02/12/2021 7:30 - 8:15 AM Mike Conrad My Advanced Band Maybe
Truckee High School Jesse Steele 02/12/2021 8:30 - 9:00 AM Mike Conrad Jazz Band No
McQueen High School Nathan Williams 02/12/2021 10:27 - 11:18 AM Kyle Engelhardt Jazz Band Maybe
    Date PST Clinician Topic
Professional Development Director's Clinic 1 02/13/2021 9:00 - 9:50 AM Mike Conrad TBA: Taken from director recommendations
Professional Development Director's Clinic 2 02/13/2021 10:00 - 10:50 AM Kyle Engelhardt TBA: Taken from director recommendations
Professional Development Combo Performance / Clinic 3* 02/13/2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Julien Knowles Combo Original Music Performance & Info/Question/Answer
*Students Invited
All directors will be eligible of up to 4 hours of professional development credit for attending Saturday sessions and your own clinic.