CURRENT STUDENTS: Our program for area music students (grades 8 to 12) resumes in December, with auditions in November. Please consider joining us!
FORMER STUDENTS: The VJC Alumni Band resumes in May, working toward a concert performance in Ravenscroft Hall in late June. Learn more HERE!
EDUCATORS: Check out our new Flexible Instrumentation Big Band charts, released by VJC Publications. You can listen to most of these publications HERE on the VJC YouTube channel. We've also revived our JEN25 coupon code from back in January. Use that code at checkout to receive 25% off every VJC Publications purchase through May 31st!
VJC Publications offers outstanding big band and combo music, providing fresh, unique, and exciting repertoire to educators, ensemble directors, and professional musicians.
VJC Publications has committed to annual releases of flexible instrumentation jazz ensemble charts. Our choice to focus on flex. charts (mostly written for JHS and HS big bands) is primarily driven by the impact of the global health crisis on music education programs across the United States and beyond. VJC Publications flex. charts for jazz ensemble have been conceived and crafted to work well—and sound complete—with as few as 11 pieces or as many as the full complement of 18 performers. Please note that nearly all of our audio samples of these flex. pieces include only the minimum instrumentation (11 musicians) to highlight their tremendous utility to band directors who may face different levels of "completeness" within their jazz ensembles from year to year.
We plan to release between 10 and 12 "flex." pieces annually for the next few years. (From time to time, we will also release some more traditional charts, scored and intended for full jazz ensemble.) The initial wave of flex. big band charts was released in July 2022, featuring compositions and/or arrangements by writers including George Darrah, Billy Petito, Dave Rivello, Jueun Seok, Russell Schmidt, Tom Wolfe, and David Yackley. Future releases will including music from Tom Davis and other wonderfully creative artists, each with a distinctive musical voice.
Click on the Flex. Big Band Music filter below (in the left column) to see our newest offerings. And please note that all VJC Publications purchases are provided as downloadable .pdf files.