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Victor Haskins is a world-class trumpet player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, and educator.
As an artist, Victor brings a rare and unique spirit and perspective to the music he performs and composes. This worldly approach to life is a result growing up in different countries in Asia and Africa until the age of 10. Through music, Victor is able to synthesize his thoughts and experiences into audible emotions and sonic stories to connect with audiences. His compositions and improvisations never cease to elude the expectations of the listener, thus providing a constant stream of interest and excitement—all possible because of a foundation of meticulous, originally-conceived logic and an open mind. Add to this a command of the trumpet which allows for limitless expression—virtuoso technique combined with a mercurial sound that is sensual and smoky in one moment, and powerful and clear in the next. The only predictable aspect of Victor's music is the clear message forged into the hearts and minds of listeners.
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“As trumpeter, Haskins possesses marvelous chops, great technical ability, savvy
horn-sense and a flowing ease of execution that allows him to explore exciting,
rhythmically unique improvised lines that hint of Woody Shaw. His trumpet
sound is full, resonant and highly attractive across the range of horn (Morning).
Haskins' improvised lines are filled with flow-juice and they spark rhythmic
nuggets which he quickly and effectively develops.”
-Nicholas Mondello (All About Jazz)
“A third festival venue was introduced this year, with the MeadWestvaco Stage
promising straight-ahead jazz acts
Willing to teach
Director, Jazz Outreach for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,
• Created program content
• Leads band into schools and exposes/introduces kids to jazz/improvised
music through performance, demonstration, and interactive activities
Special Guest/Faculty, Izmir International Jazz Camp, July 2012
• Taught private lessons and led classes on trumpet, technique, ensemble
performance, and jazz theory
• Performed concerts with faculty in various locations in Izmir and Cunda
Private Lesson Teacher, June 2011-present
• Lessons taught in-person and online (via Skype)
• Student ages range from 10- to 65-years-old
• Topics covered: improvisation, trumpet, musicianship, composition
• Gives presentations on music-related topics (career, jazz, improvisation,
trumpet playing, ensemble playing, ImproviStory etc.) to both musician and non-
musician audiences in a variety of venues and settings (partial list below):
A.G. Wright Middle School
George H. Moody Middle School
J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School
Lynchburg Music Center
Mountain View High School
Saint Gertrude High School
T. Benton Gayle Middle School
The Collegiate School
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