Vickie Bowden has combined her talents on saxophone, clarinet and flute to be recognized in several genres of music including Musical Theater, Latin/Tropical, and Jazz Fusion as well as Latin and traditional Big Band Music. She has performed with artists including Marc Anthony, Toni Tennille, Wayne Newton, Bob Mintzer, Juan Luis Guerra (4.40), Maurice White, Robby Rosa, Alejandro Lerner, Jack Gale, Scott Robinson, Steve Turre, Milly Quesada, Jose Feliciano, Mike Post and many others.
She has been a regular in New York's East Village Jazz club "Visiones" with The Ed Palermo Big Band and in Harlem with The Tom Pierson Orchestra. Vickie also toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America with the Broadway Show "Ain't Misbehavin" and artists including Grammy-winner, Olga Tañon (photo right) and Grammy-nominated, Manny Manuel.
While living in New York City, she recorded several tracks with artists both ‘known’ and ‘unknown’, along with various music videos and performed in several musicals including extended runs of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and Jackie Warner’s production of "Ain't Misbehavin".
Vickie is an alumnus of the Walt Disney World All-American College Band, as one of five reed players selected from a national audition tour. The group was featured at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and performed for an estimated million visitors each summer.
Vickie Bowden studied at The University of Michigan with Donald Sinta on saxophone, Keith Bryan on flute and John Mohler on clarinet. There she was also a proud member of the prestigious University of Michigan Marching Band (GO BLUE!) as well as the Jazz Ensemble. She then moved to New York City to graduate from The Manhattan School Of Music where she studied with the legendary Joe Allard on saxophone and clarinet, and studied Jazz with Bob Mintzer and Jack Gale.
In 2001, Vickie relocated to her home town in Michigan with her husband Eddy Garcia, and their 2 children. She continues to contribute her talents in Musical Theater and concerts as well as teaching woodwinds privately, and is currently a member of the Bijou Orchestra in Bay City as well as Vice-President of The Bay Music Foundation: An organization which provides scholarship opportunities for young musicians in the Bay Area.