Edward (Ted) Gallegos, son of Dr. Bob and Beth Gallegos, was selected the number one high school jazz pianist in Virginia by the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association for 2015. Ted auditioned on the required audition piece, “Take the A Train” by Duke Ellington and provided his own improvisation, in addition to sight reading. Auditions were held statewide. Selected musicians performed as the All Virginia Jazz Ensemble for the Virginia Music Educators’ Association annual conference held in Norfolk, Virginia in November. Ted attended Hill School, Middleburg Elementary School and is now a senior at Loudoun Valley High School.
Ted began piano lessons at the age of seven and quickly discovered that music had a profound affect on him. He studied classical music exclusively for five years, primarily with John Gardecki, international piano competitor from Middleburg, until a Vince Guaraldi tune, “Linus and Lucy” enticed him to try jazz. He began his jazz studies at the age of twelve with the head of Jazz Studies at Shenandoah University, Dr. Bob Larson. It was the jazz piano solo – improvisation – that he says “is a phenomenon that turned my head upside down”.
His music education is supplemented through his involvement in the Loudoun Valley High School Jazz Ensemble as a pianist and drummer under the direction of Mr. Rick Reaves. Outside of school Ted plays solo piano gigs, plays in jazz, funk and rock bands as a keyboardist, drummer, guitarist and bassist, and also provides music for non-profits and charitable events.
This past summer he spent five weeks at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Combining jazz elements with modern sounds is his passion and Ted has begun to write experimental music which can be heard on Sound Cloud. Ted says that the music of Herbie Hancock is a favorite of his and has left a firm impression on his style.
Ted is currently auditioning for music schools and hopes to study jazz and music production.