Jazz Band
The Vancouver Community Jazz Band (VCJB) is composed of many VCCB members and
encompasses a full 21-piece big band. Musical selections include traditional jazz, swing, bebop,
cool jazz, jazz rock, and others dating back to the 1930’s and 40’s. As an ambassador of the
organization, the VCJB offers a more intimate musical setting that promotes creativity,
originality, and expression.

The VCJB rehearses weekly and performs regularly throughout the year. If you are interested in
joining the VCJB, please email us at

History of Jazz
Jazz developed in the United States in the early part of the 20th century. At first, it was mostly
for dancing but spread widely and developed rapidly after the first recordings were made in 1917.

The evolution of jazz was led by musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington,
Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis. Today, jazz bands consist of a horns section (saxes, trumpets,
and trombones) and a rhythm section (piano/keys, guitar, bass, and drums). Alternative
instruments such as flute, tuba, and vocals are often used to provide extra flavor to the sound.

Music Director
Neil Huss serves as the Director of the VCJB and has nearly 25 years of musical experience
with all types of ensembles, including drum and bugle corps. Although a Maryland native, he
grew up in Virginia and began his musical career on trumpet and baritone. Neil studied at
Roanoke College under former U.S. Army Pershing’s Own trombonist, Dr. Joseph Blaha, and
spent several years teaching in the K-12 and higher education settings prior to the pandemic.
He holds various academic degrees and is currently working to finish a doctoral program in
Organizational Leadership.