Jazz Ensemble, Music Theory, Aural Comprehension, Jazz History, trumpet, improvisation, Department Chair
Is a free-lance trumpet player, composer and educator in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Geoff received his Master of Music in Instrumental Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, Florida and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota Duluth. After finishing up his coursework in Miami, Geoff went on to work for Princess Cruises performing around the world in their fleet orchestras. Since returning to Minnesota, Geoff has developed a highly active performing schedule. A few of the groups that he can be seen performing with regularly in the Minneapolis/St. Paul are: G.West Quartet, Ingo Bethke, Belagala Big Band, Davina and the Vagabonds, Rontana, and the Power of 10. In addition to his performance ventures, Geoff has developed a substantial private studio with students of all ages, from beginner through adult. He has coached his students to make tremendous strides in all aspects of their trumpet and musical abilities. In addition, Geoff has been instrumental in securing his students acceptance to top universities as music majors, and in statewide and regional honor groups.