Victor Haskins is a visionary, world-class trumpet and electronic wind instrument (EWI) player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, interdisciplinary collaborator, and educator.
As an educator, Victor currently serves as the Director of In-School Jazz Ensembles for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the College of William & Mary, and the Director of the Jazz Ensemble at the College of William & Mary. Previously, he served on the faculty of the inaugural Izmir International Jazz Camp (2012). Haskins has presented clinics and masterclasses on a variety of music-related topics at institutions including (but not limited to) the Jazz Education Network Conference, the University of Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Richmond, TEDxVCU, and TEDxLizardCreek.
Some notable highlights from Mr. Haskins’ performance career thus far the release of his debut album of all original compositions– “The Truth”–on 32 Bar Records in 2013, as well as appearances at a variety of stages and festivals around the world. Victor has been featured at the Richmond Jazz Festival (2013-2015), Richmond’s 2nd Street Festival (2011, 2016), the Elkhart Jazz Festival (2014), the Apex Jazz Festival (2014), and the Festival of New Trumpet Music (2014). He has performed in venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage, the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts (Richmond, VA), the Jazz Gallery (NYC), iBeam (NYC), Résonance Café (Montreal), Diese Onze (Montreal), Snug Harbor (New Orleans, LA), Ewell Hall (Williamsburg, VA), the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa), and others.
A partial list of artists with whom Haskins has performed/recorded includes Clarence Penn, Craig Handy, Delfaeyo Marsalis, Drew Gress, Jason Moran, Jason Mraz, Keb Mo’, Kd Lang, Larry Willis, Lonnie Liston-Smith, Marc Cary, Phil Wiggins, Plunky Branch, René Marie, Robbin Thompson, Steve Wilson, and the Temptations, amongst many others.
Victor is proud to be sponsored by Eclipse Trumpets, and Denis Wick mouthpieces.