Former director of jazz studies and brass studies at Brevard College and a performing artist/clinician for the S. E. Shires Co., Steve Wilson has an extensive career as a professional trombonist. He started his career as a freelance musician in the San Francisco area before working as lead/solo trombonist on the house band at Harrah's Lake Tahoe Resort Casino. He has performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Natalie Cole, George Benson, and Jay Leno, among others.

Wilson has been a member of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra since 1986 and has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in the southeast. Wilson has performed as a featured soloist at the International Trombone Association, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the Midwest Clinic, and at Spoleto USA. His arrangements for trombone ensemble have been performed at the University of South Carolina, the Southeast Trombone Symposium, and the International Trombone Festival. He was twice named best trombone at the world famous Pacific Coast Jazz Festival in Berkeley, Calif. Wilson has served as clinician and soloist at workshops and festivals across the U.S. He has performed with the national touring companies for A Chorus Line, Sugar Babies, Annie Get Your Gun, 42nd Street, The Producers, Annie, Chicago, Sweet Charity, South Pacific, Dream Girls, White Christmas, 9 to 5, and Young Frankenstein.

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Jazz Ensemble


Jazz Combo


Brass Methods

Preparing instrumentalists to teach the fundamentals of brass performance at the elementary and secondary school level. Emphasis will be on pedagogy as well as the acquisition of performance skills on all brass Instruments.


Applied Jazz Improvisation

Continuation of topics from MUS-350. Individualized instruction, modeled after traditional one-on-one applied music study, with focus on more advanced applications of the melodic, harmonic, formal and textural elements of solo improvisation. May be repeated for credit.

The study of music is great preparation for success in life in general and teaches us to function in a fluid environment. It requires us to absorb, analyze, and react to a tremendous amount of information instantaneously. From it we learn the lessons of sacrifice, hard work, discipline, and teamwork.

Today, more than ever, a liberal arts education is extremely important and beneficial to our students providing for better chances of success in a world where people change jobs and careers more than ever. It is critical that students are taught skills to succeed in any environment. The primary goal is to teach and motivate student to learn, not simply to transfer information from teacher to student. Motivating students to become passionate about learning and to embrace the opportunity to obtain a great education is the aim. Modeling passion for music performance, education, and life in general is a means to that end.

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Brad Edwards
University of South Carolina
Dan Livesay and Miles Anderson
California State University

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