Senior, music major
On any given evening, you might see Victor Haskins riding his bike through the streets of Richmond, trumpet in tow. He’s likely on his way to a gig at a local music venue.
“Sometimes Skip Gailes, one of my professors, will invite me to play a gig with him at the Jefferson Hotel,” he said. “Being able to sit in on a gig like that and play with people who are so much better than you are, it helps you grasp music in a way that you can’t from lessons alone.”
Even before his freshman year, VCU professors were influencing Haskins. As a ninth grader, he attended the Festival of Winds and Percussion and met a VCU professor who became his instructor. Today Haskins’ professors are helping him master the art of improvisation and teaching him to view music in a whole new way.
“The things that have happened here — the people that I’ve met and the experiences that I’ve had — they couldn’t have happened anywhere else,” he said.