Composer and trombonist JC Sanford received his D.M.A. in Jazz Studies at New England Conservatory where he studied with jazz legend Bob Brookmeyer. He co-leads the modern jazz big band The Schumacher/Sanford Sound Assembly which features his own compositions. He has had his works performed by the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band, the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, the Harald Rüschenbaum Jazz Orchestra in Münich, the Mile High Jazz Big Band, and a number of universities and high schools schools nationwide. As a trombonist, Sanford has performed with Maria Schneider, Chico & Arturo O’Farrill, John McNeil, the Mili Bermejo/George Schuller Octet, and his own groups Triocracy and Triptych. In addition to his conducting duties with the Sound Assembly, Sanford has also conducted the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Jentsch group Large, the New England Conservatory Little Big Band, and the Williams Jazz Ensemble.