Vail Jazz Goes to School
Vail Jazz Goes to School has brought jazz education to 4th and 5th graders across Eagle County for the past 24 years. Taught by top jazz musicians and educators, and led by local legend Tony G, the program is anchored in the idea that memories are made by embracing the energy of in-person performance: living in that moment, environment, and atmosphere. During the 2020/2021 school year, VJGTS pivoted to be served virtually due to the COVID pandemic. This provided a unique opportunity to share the program beyond Eagle County with schools across the state.
At the apex of the curriculum, the students attend a true, full production live jazz concert! Moving forward, the goal is to expand this live performance finale to every 4th and 5th grader that completes the curriculum, either in-person with Tony G or virtually, just as the students of Eagle County have experienced at the Vilar Performing Arts Center for the history of the program.
VJGTS is generously underwritten by Alpine Bank, with additional support provided by Jeff Clayton Educational Fund, Gretchen and Robert Ravenscroft, Kathy Cole and Trent Cole Scholarship Fund and Eagle County RE-50J School District and PTOs, as well as many other donors.
Perpetuating jazz with a focus on young musicians and audiences
4th & 5th
Vail Jazz Goes to School Faculty
Tony Gulizia, Director of Education, Piano/Keyboards Instructor
Ron Bland, Bass Instructor
Mike Marlier, Drums Instructor
Gabriel Mervine, Trumpet Instructor
Bob Rebholz, Woodwinds Instructor