Vail Jazz Goes to School

Vail Jazz Goes to School

Vail Jazz Goes to School (VJGTS) has brought jazz education to 4th and 5th graders across Eagle County for the past 27 years. Taught by top jazz musicians and educators, 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. 


At the apex of the curriculum, the students attend a full-production live jazz concert! Moving forward, our goal is to expand this live performance finale to every 4th and 5th grader that completes the curriculum, just as the students of Eagle County have experienced at the Vilar Performing Arts Center for the history of the program.


This season we are honoring the legacy of the VJGTS founders Tony G and Howard Stone.

Vail Jazz Goes to School is a program of the Vail Jazz Foundation and is sponsored in part by Alpine Bank, Eagle County RE-50J School District/ PTOs, St. Clare of Assisi, Vail Christian Academy, Stone Creek School PTOs, Vail Resorts Epic Promise, and numerous individuals and family foundations.

The Tony G Rising Star Award

The Vail Jazz Foundation is pleased to continue the Tony G Rising Star Award in honor of late Vail Jazz Goes to School co-founder Tony Gulizia. This merit-based award will provide the opportunity for talented Eagle County children to grow their musical interest with financial support towards purchase of an instrument, music lessons, classes, band camps or private instruction.


The award has been made possible through the generous support of long-time Vail Jazz supporter Kathy Cole – a close friend of Tony’s — through the Kathy and Trent Cole Scholarship Fund and with ongoing support from Alpine Bank.


Perpetuating jazz with a focus on young musicians and audiences


students impacted

27 years

and running


participating schools

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