Jazz band students at Maggie Walker had the pleasure of learning from master musician and VCU jazz department director Tony Garcia during a visiting professor lecture series. Giving two sessions over two weeks in November, Mr. Garcia taught both jazz band classes how to create their own unique improvisational material with their instruments. He also shared his knowledge of jazz styles, rehearsal technique, and musical passion with the ensembles.
Antonio J. García is a Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he directs the Jazz Orchestra I; instructs Applied Jazz Trombone, Small Jazz Ensemble, Music Industry, and various jazz courses; founded a B.A. Music Business Emphasis (for which he initially served as Coordinator); and directs the Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band.