Led by Mr. Reynolds, members of the ensemble perform repertoire ranging from their own compositions to arrangements of popular songs (including music by Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Ozzy Osbourne). The Jammers perform annually at many local events including Viva Vienna, the Vienna Volunteer Reception, the Vienna Halloween Parade, as well as local venues including Jammin Java, Wolftrap National Park for the Performing Arts and the Verizon Center. The Jammers also host their own concert called the Big Jam in May featuring all five ensembles.
The Vienna Jammers is made up of five ensembles, each rehearsing 1-2x weekly throughout the school year, and is always looking for more opportunities to perform in the community.
The Vienna Jammers are a group of 8-17 year olds from Vienna, VA area. The members of the ensemble use a combination of traditional and non-traditional instruments, including marimbas, hand drums, trash cans and any other object they can hit! The steel pans made their debut in 2014.
The group began in 2005-2006 when a high school junior (our old friend Dave Cohen!) approached David L. Reynolds, Jr. ("Mr. Reynolds") with the idea of starting an after-school percussion ensemble. The idea stuck, and the ensemble began rehearsing and eventually was able to book a few performances in the community. The signature Red Brute Trash Cans were purchased partly because of financial necessity, and partly because the group tried to emulate another famous percussion ensemble (Stomp!), at least at the core of it’s "found sounds" concept.
David L. Reynolds, Jr
David L. Reynolds, Jr, is the founder and Executive Director of the Vienna Jammers. Originally from Jackson, MS, Dave attended Virginia Tech with the goal of bringing his passion for music into schools. Dave began teaching general music at Vienna Elementary School in 2001. From flash mobs and National Anthem engagements, to performing at the Verizon Center, Vienna Elementary students have demonstrated success on multiple levels under his direction. His tradition of an annual farewell song for the sixth grade class has been ongoing since 2001.
He is also an active participant in OneVoice, a charity that connects children around the world through music, and has traveled twice to Africa and once to Nicaragua as part of this group. Thus far in his career, Reynolds has been nominated for Teacher of the Year Award in Fairfax County, recognized as the Teacher of the Year by the Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce, recognized for his volunteer contributions to the Vienna community by the Mayor of Vienna, is a Grammy Semifinalist for Outstanding Music Teacher, and a 40 under 40 honoree given by the Leadership Center for Excellence.
Enjoying a unique career, Dakota Kaylor is an active percussion educator and performer in the Northern Virginia area. This is Mr. Kaylor’s second full year as the Assistant Director of the Vienna Jammers Percussion Ensemble. He has taught percussion ensemble, concert percussion, and marching percussion at Centreville High School, McLean High School, South Lakes High School, and Fairfax High School. Since 2016, Mr. Kaylor has been a teaching assistant with the George Mason Summer Percussion Camp. He is currently a staff accompanist with the George Mason University School of Dance, where he works with various faculty members and guest artists in daily Modern Dance classes. For 3 years, he was a private lesson instructor with the Mason Community Arts Academy and continues to run an independent, weekly private lesson studio in Vienna.
As a performer, Mr. Kaylor has performed in a variety of settings from symphony orchestra to musical theater, chamber musician, and rock band. He has performed with the Fairfax Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic, McLean Symphony Orchestra, Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, and the Great Noise Ensemble. In addition, he has performed in venues such the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, Olney Theater, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, and Creative Cauldron. Mr. Kaylor has performed twice at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the 2017 Virginia Music Educators Association, and during the summer of 2017, he performed in a full staging of Igor Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat featuring narrator Rick Davis.