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 25 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. We are pleased to bring VJGTS back to schools in-person for the 2021/22 school year!
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.
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.
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
Andy Hall, Bass Instructor
Michael "Gooch" Gurciullo, Brass Instructor
Mike Marlier, Drums Instructor
Gabriel Mervine, Trumpet Instructor
Michael Pujado, Percussion Instructor
Bob Rebholz, Woodwinds Instructor