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Jordon Crichlow joins the Norfolk Academy family as the Band Instructor for all three divisions. A saxophonist, composer, and educator, he participated in Hampton University's five-year MT program, from which he graduated with honors and received the School of Liberal Arts and Education honors award. While at Hampton, he was a member of the Marching Band, Orchestra Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band. He has also been part of Pharrell Williams' Voice of Fire, the National HBCU Navy Jazz Band, and Attucks Theater’s 100th Anniversary Community Celebration Special. He has past educational experience working during the summers with students of all ages in Hampton’s Music Enrichment Program, Chesterbrook Academy’s Summer Music Enrichment Program, and as Graduate Assistant for the Hampton University Marching Band. He performs regularly throughout the Tidewater/Richmond Area and also provides clinics, coaching, and lessons, teaching all instruments, specializing in saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piano. He is trained in both classical and jazz repertoire and is equally accomplished in both.

Tell us why you wanted to become an educator: 
The teachers in my life have given me so much and helped direct my path. I love to see the spark in students' eyes when they learn new things, and I understand how important the role of the teacher can be. Becoming an educator just made sense. It’s my passion. 

What most excites you about working at Norfolk Academy? 
The opportunity to continue to build a strong band program across all three divisions! Also the food! 

Norfolk Academy is unique because… 
The students! They have maintained and continue to revitalize a culture of respect, family, and discipline that you just can’t find at many places.  

Last book read:  
Miles: The Autobiography Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe 

What do you like to do in your own time/when you’re not working? 
I enjoy finding new food spots, painting, and of course making music! 

Favorite food? 

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you? 
Kevin Hart would play a younger me before all the hair. 

Fun fact your students might find surprising: 
I am afraid of heights. 

“When I grow up, I want to be…” 
An engineer, building and designing cars. 

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