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View the VCU Jazz Orchestra I videos from The Midwest Clinic 2007, featuring guest trombonist Wycliffe Gordon.

Welcome to VCU Jazz, a community that fosters the spirit of creative exploration. Faculty and students thrive together on the opportunities that arise as they grow and learn.

The VCU Jazz Studies Program offers a professional course of study that teaches the skills required to:

  • excel in the creation and performance of written and unwritten music (pre-planned and improvised), especially that described by the term “jazz”;
  • consider one’s own educational experiences as a springboard for future teaching and audience development; and
  • interact in the world of media, technology, and business so as to bring one’s creative works effectively into the public’s awareness and thus sustain a successful career.

Read the full VCU Jazz Mission Statement.

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Title: Splat 9
Composer: Robby Sinclair (student)
Ensemble: VCU Jazz Orchestra 1
Soloists: Colin Killalea (soprano sax),
Brian Lynch (trumpet)

Here is an excerpt from "Splat 9," a composition for VCU Jazz
Orchestra I by its student drummer, Robby Sinclair. Recorded live in concert, this excerpt captures the end of an improvisational exchange between student Colin Killalea (soprano sax) and guest artist Brian Lynch (trumpet), followed by the ensemble's shout section and a brief recap of the tune's "A" section.

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