My “2017” Update on our Friend Victor Haskins

As you can see (read) from my two earlier posts on the talents of this young man, I was very impressed and predicted that his future as a forward moving and thinking musician was something everyone should pay attention to.

I was correct in my prediction as you will see from his continued success in the music world.

Be sure to read or reread my two previous postings on Victor before you read this most current followup.

Please welcome Victor Haskins

“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back to our stage, Mr. Victor Haskins”

Victor Haskins is a visionary, world-class trumpet and electronic wind instrument (EWI) player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, and educator.

Victor Haskins has worked directly with a diverse cross-section of masters of improvised music, including, but not limited to, Craig Handy (Herbie Hancock), Roger Lewis (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), Lonnie Liston-Smith, Jason Moran, and Phil Wiggins.

Victor brings a one-of-a-kind, unique spirit and perspective to all that he does in life. This worldly approach to life is a result of growing up in a variety of diverse settings, and traveling extensively. Through music, Victor is able to synthesize his thoughts
and experiences into audible emotions and sonic stories to connect with audiences.

Some notable highlights from Victor’s artistic achievements thus far include the creation of his own improvisational concept–Melodic Improvisation–as well as an independently conceived musical genre that is based on the Melodic Improvisationconcept, called ImproviStory. He released his debut album of all original compositions– “The Truth”–on 32 Bar Records in March of 2013. In 2012, He was a special guest teacher and performer at the inaugural Izmir International Jazz Campin Izmir, Turkey. He has been the Director of the Jazz Outreach program for theKennedy Center of the Performing Arts National Symphony Orchestra EducationDepartment since its inception in 2014.

Victor is currently (2016) the Instructor of Jazz Trumpet at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Victor has
also been featured at the Richmond Jazz Festival (2013-2015), Richmond’s 2nd Street Festival (2011), the Elkhart Jazz Festival (2014), the Apex Jazz Festival (2014), and the Festival of New Trumpet Music (2014). In addition, some of Victor’s activities are supported by grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Victor holds a Jazz Studies/Performance degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he completed the 4-year music program in only 3 years (the first and only person to ever accomplish this feat).

Victor is proud to be sponsored by Eclipse Trumpets, and Denis Wick mouthpieces.

Bruce was a member of the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, School of Music in Cedar Falls from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. He has performed with many well-known entertainers such as Bob Hope, Jim Nabors, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Anita Bryant, Carman Cavalara, Victor Borgie, the Four Freshman, Blackstone the Magician, Bobby Vinton and John Davidson.