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December, 21, 2023
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM




Steve Wiest

Steve Wiest

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Leadology: The Art of Lead Trombone Playing

Clinic Synopsis:

Multiple Grammy-nominated trombonist and composer Steve Wiest will be discussing the exciting and important art of lead trombone playing. Focusing on the large jazz ensemble, discussions will also cover the role of the trombone in modern horn bands. Joining Steve will be a four-piece trombone ensemble and rhythm section to demonstrate style aspects such as upper register playing, style, and improvisation.

Steve Wiest - Biographical Information

Steve Wiest is a multiple Grammy-nominated trombonist, composer, author, and cartoonist. The former soloist and writer for Maynard Ferguson, Steve went on to perform on the road with Doc Severinsen and the Old Tonight Show Orchestra as well as many other artists. Steve has numerous recordings out as a leader, the most recent of which is the second album (BLUE) from the critically-acclaimed all-star horn band Vinyl Hampdin. Along with being the trombonist with the group, Wiest composed and arranged all the tracks for their debut RED, as well as their new release, BLUE. In the world of jazz education, Steve was formerly the Director of the One O’Clock Lab Band at The University of North Texas where the band under his direction was nominated for two Grammy awards. Following UNT, Wiest was Co-Chair of Jazz Studies at The University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. Before his tenure at UNT, Steve was Director of Jazz and Trombone at UW-Whitewater. In high demand as a clinician, composer and conductor, Steve has directed many all-state ensembles and continues to appear as a guest artist and clinician all over the world. Steve now teaches jazz trombone at Elmhurst University and is an artist for Edwards Instruments playing the custom “Excalibur” version of the T302 and the Griego-Steve Wiest Mouthpiece exclusively. His compositions and arrangements can be found via Excelcia Publishing as well as Ben Patterson’s Pro Jazz Charts (PJC). Steve’s new book on lead trombone playing titled “Leadology” is available at To learn more about Steve, please visit