Jett M. Walker, DMA, currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Trombone at Western Illinois University. In addition to his work with the WIU Trombone Studio, he also teaches classes in conducting and performs with the La Moine Brass Quintet, the resident faculty brass quintet at Western Illinois University. His scholarly research is focused on both establishing and improving best practices for student brass quintets and adapting various applied-lesson pedagogies to the trombone ensemble setting.

Outside of his academic life, Walker enjoys a busy freelancing schedule. He has regularly performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Quad City Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and Kentucky Symphony, and has also performed with the Illinois Symphony, Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Philharmonic, Quincy Symphony, Queen City Opera, Carmel Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, and Brazos Valley Symphony. A versatile musician and enthusiast of jazz and commercial music, he has also performed with the Cincy Brass, Blue Wisp Big Band, Joe Rogers Big Band, Seven Dutchmen Orchestra, Olmos Basin Brass Quintet, and numerous musical pit orchestras. His freelance work has allowed him to share the stage with such illustrious performers as Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., and most recently, The Who. 

Walker is committed to regularly commissioning and performing new works for solo trombone. He has recently commissioned and premiered two works for solo trombone, Jett Stream Blue by David Wilborn, and Sonata for Trombone and Brass Quartet by Jack Wilds, in which Jett served as the consortium’s lead commissioner. Prior to attending graduate school, Walker also served as a middle school band director for five years in central Texas. Bands under his direction were consistent recipients of the UIL Sweepstakes award among many others. He is also a proud contributing writer for the growing online journal The Collective: Shifting the Paradigm for Critical Musicians, and serves as a writer and album reviewer for the International Trombone Association Journal.

Walker received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Texas State University in Music Education and Trombone Performance, respectively. Jett is also an S.E. Shires Performing Artist and performs exclusively on Shires trombones.

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