Alumni Relations

Rayburn Wright Alumni Reunion and Tribute – Eastman Weekend 2012

Rayburn Wright Alumni Reunion and Tribute

Ray Wright

This October, the Eastman School of Music celebrated the legacy of distinguished faculty member and Eastman alumnus, the late Rayburn Wright (BM ’43), Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media and Co-Chair of the Conducting and Ensembles Department.

Complete Collection of Reminiscences – NEW As of May 2013
Ray Wright One-Liner Reminiscences from Alumni – NEW As of May 2013
Ray Wright Collection in the Eastman Archives, Sibley Music Library

Eastman Weekend 2012 – Archival Information


Ray Wright Reunion Weekend Photos

Other Rayburn Wright Slideshows


Collected on occasion of the Rayburn Wright Reunion and Tribute, held at the Eastman School of Music on October 11-14, 2012 to celebrate Ray’s many contributions to the Eastman School and its Jazz and Contemporary Media Program during his distinguished career on the collegiate faculty from 1970 to 1990, and to recognize his impact that endures to this day through the work of his colleagues and students.  Read more

Ray Wright Tribute

Please join us in honoring Ray’s legacy at Eastman by making a gift to the Ray Wright Tribute. Gifts will be used to establish a permanent Rayburn Wright student prize or scholarship at the Eastman School, and to name Eastman Room 120 for Ray. Contributions in any amount are most welcome. Gifts of $2,500 and up will be recognized on a donor board, to be permanently displayed in the new Ray Wright Room.

MAKE A GIFT ONLINE – please indicate “The Rayburn Wright Tribute” in the “Comments” field.

To make a gift via mail, please send a check payable to the “Eastman School of Music” indicating “Rayburn Wright Tribute” on the memo line to:

Eastman School of Music University of Rochester P.O. Box 270032 Rochester, NY 14627

For questions, please contact ESM Office of Advancement:

Phone: 585.274.1040 Email:


Please consider making your hotel reservations in advance.  (Our reunion programming will run through Saturday evening, October 13.) The Rochester Plaza Hotel and Conference Center is the preferred hotel for our reunion weekend, and a special rate is being offered for our Rayburn Wright alumni.  Please note that this is a change from what was listed in the Eastman Weekend registration booklet.  

For reservations, please call the Rochester Plaza at (585) 546-3450 or toll free (866) 826-2831.

For more information on hotel accommodations, please visit:


Eastman Rehearsal Hall Room 120 will serve as the central location for reunion activities and our schedule will provide plenty of opportunities to socialize with fellow alumni. Here is the full schedule of the Ray Wright events:

Note that all times and events are subject to change.

Thursday, October 11

Start Time End Time Event Description
12:45 PM 2:25 PM Eastman Jazz Ensemble – Open Rehearsal for Rayburn Wright Tribute Concert
5:00 PM 7:00 PM Welcome Reception for Rayburn Wright Alumni
8:00 PM 10:00 PM A Rayburn Wright Retrospective: Studio Orchestra Reading Session
10:30 PM 12:30 AM Late Night Jam Session

Friday, October 12

Start Time End Time Event Description
11:00 AM 11:45 AM Stardust Reading Session
12:30 PM 1:45 PM Rayburn Wright Alumni Careers Symposium
2:00 PM 3:15 pm From Eastman to Hollywood: An Audiovisual Exploration of the Process and Product of Writing and Arranging for Film and Television
3:30 PM 5:40 PM Eastman Jazz Ensemble/New Jazz Ensemble – Open Dress Rehearsal/Sound Check for Rayburn Wright Tribute Concert
8:00 PM 10:30 PM Eastman Jazz Ensemble, New Jazz Ensemble and Special Guest Alumni Present: A Tribute to Rayburn Wright
10:30 PM 1:00 AM Late Night Jam Session

Saturday, October 13

Start Time End Time Event Description
2:00 PM 3:30 PM “Reminiscing on Ray”
3:30 PM 4:00 PM Rayburn Wright Tribute and Room Dedication
7:30 PM 11:00 PM Eastman Weekend Rayburn Wright Jazz Club