Vaughn Ambrose

Saxophonist and Educator

 at East Carolina University under the tutelage of his mentor, Carroll V Dashiell as well as artist and distinguished professor, Bob Mintzer. Vaughn returns to campus often as an invited lecturer and performer. He has also been a featured conductor for the North Carolina Regional Honors jazz ensemble.

​Mr. Ambrose is the Director of Jazz at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Upper School in Alexandria VA.  As a highly sought after educator he serves as guest clinician and soloist with various schools and ensembles nationally and internationally.  Additionally, he is an adjudicator for Festivals of Music, an internationally recognized music festival series for middle and high school performance groups.  Thanks to his unwavering dedication to the development of young artists, in 2005 Mr. Ambrose developed the District X all District Honors Jazz Band weekend, a program that has continued to thrive since inception.

Vaughn AMbrose Saxophonist and Educator is A native of North Carolina and earned his BM in Music Education and MM in Jazz Studies


Performance Experience 

In recognition of his contributions to music education, he has been the recipient of numerous teaching honors: Yale University Teaching Award; Northern Virginia Educational Leadership Award; Veterans of Foreign Wars National Citizenship Education Teacher Post Recognition Award; Alexandria Education Partnership Excellence in Education Teacher Award; Alexandria City Alex Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education     

Teaching Honors

Vaughn has performed in concert with the following artists: Bob Mintzer and the Yellowjackets, Vanessa Ruben, Stephanie Jordan, Nnenna Freelon, Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis, Carl Allen, Little Anthony and The Imperials, the Dells, Ashford and Simpson, The Spinners, The Temptations, Lou Rawls, Aretha Franklin, and Gladys Knight.

In addition to his celebrated career as an educator, and in demand soloist, Vaughn leads his own Jazz quartet in the DC metro area and freelances up and down the east coast.  He has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City and the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention. 

​In March 2009, as a member of the group Alvin Atkinson and the Sound Merchants, Vaughn participated in an inspiring US state Department tour, where they performed and Lectured in Afghanistan, Armenia, Iraq and Lebanon; the universality of music transcends all borders.