Dr. Jack Edwards is Conductor of the Greater Victoria Junior Concert Band, Director of the Victoria Community Marching Band, the Harmony Project Marching Drumline, and bassoonist in the Raincoast Trio and Springridge Quintet. He has also performed as Principal Alto Saxophone and Bassoon with the Greater Victoria Senior Concert Band as well as Principal Alto Saxophone with the Merideum Wind Orchestra. He is on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music where he teaches privately and directs the Clarinet and Saxophone Choirs. He is also a member of the Post-Secondary Faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Edwards was born and raised in Northeast Georgia, in the foothills of the
Appalachian Mountains. On a full, four-year saxophone scholarship, he studied at
Jacksonville State University in Alabama under Dr. Ronald Attinger, the first person to earn a doctorate in saxophone performance under the tutelage of Larry Teal at the
University of Michigan.
Upon completion of his Senior Honours Recital on saxophone, he began his studies on bassoon with the Principal Bassoon with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. While living in Atlanta, Dr. Edwards contributed to many concerts as Principal Bassoon for the Georgia State University Orchestra as well as the Cobb Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Edwards’ students have consistently earned high marks for Trinity College
Examinations. He also has a student who is a member of the Senior Collegium at the
Victoria Conservatory of Music. He has 30 years experience as a music educator,
teaching woodwinds, brass, and percussion, as well as 40 years as a performer on
saxophone and bassoon.
Dr. Edwards has a passion for working with students and ensembles. He believes that everyone deserves equal opportunity for learning to play an instrument.