Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Victor Haskins is a professional trumpeter who is comfortable in a variety of musical styles as a soloist, improviser, sideman, or section player, in addition to being a composer, arranger, bandleader, clinician, and lesson teacher based out of Richmond, Virginia. He is the leader of The Victor Haskins Group, which plays Victor’s original compositions and arrangements created by Victor as well as covering standard tunes (jazz and otherwise).
Victor has accomplished much in his short career thus far, and to his credit, In the 2012 National Trumpet Competition Jazz Division, Victor placed 2nd. In addition, Victor won a Jazz Scholarship from International Trumpet Guild to attend the 2012 ITG Conference in Columbus, Georgia. Victor also won an award for Outstanding Soloist at the 2012 Notre Dame Jazz Festival for his work in VCU’s Small Jazz Ensemble, and 2nd place in the VCU Symphony Concerto Competition in 2012. Victor has been named a Joseph J. Kennedy, Jr. Scholar three times consecutively by the Richmond Jazz Society, and in 2011 Victor’s quartet was the headlining performance of Richmond's historical 2nd Street Festival.
In addition, Victor's fine 'classical' trumpet skills have allowed him to reach the Semi-Finals of the National Trumpet Competition at George Mason University in the High School Classical, Undergraduate Classical, and Trumpet Ensemble divisions, as well as earning a place in the Finals of the 2009 International Trumpet Guild Conference Youth Solo Competition and 1st Alternate in the 2011 International Trumpet Guild Conference Solo Competition (competitors in the competition are allowed to be as old as 25 years old).
In 2011, Victor was featured in VCU’s “Our Time, Right Now” branding campaign, and in 2012, Victor was featured in VCU's Make It Real re-branding campaign.
Most recently, Victor was selected as a Special Guest for the first ever Izmir International Jazz Camp, where he taught and performed jazz during the month of July in 2012 in Izmir, Turkey.
Victor has studied classical trumpet with Rex Richardson, Mary Bowden, and Brian Strawley, Arranging with Doug Richards, and jazz improvisation with John D'earth, Skip Gailes, and Rex Richardson. He has played under the direction of National Symphony Hornist Sylvia Alimena while a member of the group Brass of Peace.
Victor is currently a student at Virginia Commonwealth University where he will graduate a year early in 2013 with a Jazz Studies/Performance degree.
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