Steve Wright

Faculty

Associate Professor in Music and Director of Jazz Ensembles and Trumpet Instructor in Music - Instrumental

Dr. Steve Wright is a nationally known trumpeter, jazz arranger and composer. At Gustavus, he directs the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band and the Adolphus Jazz Ensemble, teaches Music Arranging and is the Trumpet Instructor. He also teaches January Term courses in Careers In Music, Music Software & Technology and Jazz History. Wright earned his BM degree from the University of Iowa and a MM and DMA from the University of Minnesota. His teachers have included John Beer, Vincent Cichowicz, Lloyd Geisler, Gary Bordner and David Baldwin.

A native of Burlington, Iowa, Steve Wright joined the United States Air Force Airmen of Note in 1968, playing both jazz and lead trumpet, as well as writing arrangements for the band. Since 1972, he has been a free-lance trumpeter, composer, arranger and music contractor in the Twin Cities.Wright has performed at Orchestra Hall for many years with the Orchestra Hall Big Band and the Minnesota Orchestra on occasional pops concerts. He has recorded numerous films, TV and radio commercials and albums and has played lead trumpet for such performers as Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Joe Williams and Ray Charles among others. Dr.Wright is an Accent Musical Instruments artist-clinician and performs as a guest artist with high school and college bands and jazz ensembles.

Wright recently re-released his own Big Band album Take Two on CD and and is currently publishing new and previously released jazz ensemble compositions, as well as distributing jazz recordings of Twin Cities artists. His compositions and arrangements for trumpet ensemble have been performed at four International Trumpet Guild conferences and a new piece -- Three Impressions for 12 Trumpets received its premier at the ITG 2004 conference in New York.  Wright's Concerto for Trumpet & Wind Ensemble was recorded by the Gustavus Band in 2001 and was also recently recorded by his former private student - Andrew Classen -  jazz and trumpet professor at Drake University. The first movement of the Concerto may be heard at SteveWrightMusic.com.

He is the co-host of the International Trumpet Guild Conference, which will take place in May of 2011 in Minneapolis.

Professional memberships include the Twin Cities Jazz Society, Jazz Education Network (JEN), MENC, ITG, Phi Mu Alpha and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) for over 40 years.

Education

B.M. University of Iowa; M.M. & D.M.A. University of Minnesota


Courses Taught

Current

MUS-160 (Adolphus Jazz Ensemble), MUS-161 (Gustavus Jazz Lab Band), MUS-189 (Jazz Combo), MUS-191 (Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble), MUS-193 (Chapel Brass), MUS-194 (Chamber Brass Ensemble), MUS-255 (Horn), MUS-256 (Trumpet), MUS-258 (Euphonium), MUS-259 (Tuba), MUS-355 (Horn), MUS-356 (Trumpet), MUS-358 (Euphonium), and MUS-359 (Tuba)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-160Adolphus Jazz Ensemble582013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
MUS-161Gustavus Jazz Lab Band582013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
MUS-252Trumpet262008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
MUS-189Jazz Combo202013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, and 2009/SP
MUS-356Trumpet202013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, and 2009/SP
MUS-371Music Arranging142013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
MUS-256Trumpet112013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, and 2009/SP
MUS-355Horn82013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-193Chapel Brass62013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/FA
MUS-358Euphonium62013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-255Horn62013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-258Euphonium42013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-359Tuba42013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-259Tuba42013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-194Chamber Brass Ensemble42013/FA and 2013/SP
MUS-357Trombone42013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-190Trombone Choir42013/SP and 2012/SP
MUS-191Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble42013/SP and 2012/SP
MUS-257Trombone32013/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
MUS-106Exploring Jazz32006/JN, 2004/JN, and 2002/JN
MUS-396Honors in Theory and Composition12001/SP
MUS-124Careers in Music12001/JN
MUS-114Exploring Music Software12000/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.