The Whitney Center Jazz Orchestra (WCJO) is the professional jazz orchestra in residence at the Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College. This 19-member professional jazz ensemble is lead by composer-arranger-trombonist Dr. Eric Richards, Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at Sheridan College. Dr. Richards’ music for jazz orchestra is published worldwide and has been performed on six continents by professional and educational ensembles. Concert venues include Carnegie Hall, the Montreux, North Sea, and Nice Jazz Festivals in Europe, and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
John Harbaugh serves as Lead Trumpet with WCJO. John’s career includes international tours with Buddy Rich, Paul Anka, and Tom Jones. He can be heard as a jazz soloist with the London Symphony on “Powell Canyons,” in the trumpet section on four Ashley Alexander/Frank Mantooth recordings, and has been involved in three Grammy nominated productions and one Dove award winning recording.
Harbaugh has performed in groups backing up artists like, Mel Torme, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Newhart, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, and Lionel Hampton, just to name a few.