B.Mus (Jacksonville), M.Mus(Georgia), interdisciplinary Doctorate in the Curriculum and Instruction of Music with Sociology, (UVic)
Dr. Jack Edwards is Conductor of the Greater Victoria Junior Concert Band and SookeWinds, Director of the Victoria Community Marching Band, Director of 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 and Principal alto saxophone with the Merideum Wind Orchestra. He is on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the Sooke Music Academy. 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 Bassoonist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. While living in Atlanta, Dr. Edwards contributed to many concerts as principal bassoonist for the Georgia State University Orchestra as well as the Cobb Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Edwards’ students at the Sooke Music Academy have consistently earned high marks for Trinity College Examinations. He has 29 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. He is proud to teach at both the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the Sooke Music Academy, where the notion of community, support, and accessibility for all are important.