Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT: THE VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA / Sixteen as One Music Inc.

Sixteen as One Music Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), was created by the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra to promote the development and growth of jazz music through performances, education workshop and community outreach programs. The goals of this endeavor are: To provide performances, workshops, lectures and symposia about jazz and related musical genres in the United States and elsewhere; To help build audiences for jazz a related musical genres; To provide commissions for new and original works in jazz and related musical genres; To foster and promote jazz education in schools and under-served communities in the United States and Abroad.

For over fifty years the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (VJO), formerly the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra has been committed to engaging audiences in jazz and related American music experiences with artists of the highest caliber. The orchestra also serves as a creative outlet for some of the nation’s foremost performers, composers, and arrangers. One of the driving forces behind the longevity and artistic excellence of this ensemble is a commitment to the original Thad Jones/Mew Lewis Orchestra precepts of sound and the nurturing and encouragement of creativity and experimentation in the creators, performers and listeners of jazz.