RENO JAZZ ORCHESTRA MERGES WITH RENO YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA,
ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP
~ Music Director Doug Coomler, John Bennum Executive Director
to Fill Shoes of Chuck Reider – RJO’s New Board President
Reno Jazz Orchestra’s New Music Director, Doug Coomler, Performs at Summer Soiree Fundraiser
(RENO, Nev.) July 20, 2022 – The Reno Jazz Orchestra announced its unprecedented merger with the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra and welcomed its new leadership during its Summer Soiree fundraiser in Reno, Nevada, on July 19, 2022. Over $32,000 was raised to support the organization’s youth jazz education programs.
Since the Reno Jazz Orchestra’s (RJO) inception in 1997, the non-profit organization’s mission has been to build a greater appreciation of jazz and support jazz education through its various mentorship programs.
“It has always been a dream of ours to have the region’s finest youth jazz musicians as part of our organization,” said Chuck Reider, the new Board President of the Reno Jazz Orchestra. “Today we unveiled a significant development in jazz education and jazz performances throughout the Silver State. With this addition, we will continue to contribute and enhance the vibrancy, diversity, cultural vitality, and quality of music education and our community’s artistic life.”
The Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO) is a non-profit organization established in 2006. Its mission assembles, by audition, the top middle and high school jazz talent in Northern Nevada. Today, as a partner with the Reno Jazz Orchestra, the organization will continue to provide opportunities for the performance, preservation, appreciation and study of Jazz to the most exemplary student jazz performers in the region.