Dr. Michael Caldwell


Bio submitted by Michael Caldwell
Dr. Caldwell has been serving as Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Bands "A" and "B" at California State University, Fresno, since Fall 2002. He is also the director of the Clendenin Brass Quintet. He previously served on the music faculty at the University of South Alabama (1991-1999) and is Past President of the California Institute for the Preservation of Jazz. He earned degrees from the University of Illinois (D.M.A. 1997; M.M. 1987), CSU Fresno (B.A., 1984) and Los Medanos College (A.A. 1982). He has performed as lead trumpet or soloist with many of the world's leading entertainers. He has also performed with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and has performed on Public Radio International and the Family Channel. He recently performed at the 2005 International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) conference in Long Beach, California, and served as an adjudicator for the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Solo Competition, held at the 2004 ITG Conference in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Caldwell was the Founder of the National Collegiate Jazz Festival (Mobile, AL) in 1994 and the Executive Director of the Mobile Jazz Festival from 1992-1995.

Dr. Caldwell has also adjudicated the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, Virginia, and has served on the Board of Directors for the International Trumpet Guild. He was the Editor of the International Trumpet Guild Journal from 1999-2001. He currently serves on the state board of the California chapter of IAJE and is President Elect of the Central section on CMEA. In 2004 and 2005, Michael served on the faculty of the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area and, in 2005, he was on the faculty on the Sitka (Alaska) Fine Arts Camp. Dr. Caldwell was the director of the 2005 Alabama All-State High School Jazz Band and the director of the 2005 Fresno-Madera Counties Music Educators Association (FMCMEA) Junior High Honor Jazz Ensemble. He served as the Director of the Tulare/Kings Counties High School Honor Jazz Band in March 2006. Dr. Caldwell was honored as the 2003 FMCMEA Jazz Educator of the Year. His trumpet studio has recently produced (2005 and 2006) the first-chair All-State Trumpet Player, and the lead trumpet players for both the All-State High School and Collegiate Jazz Bands. His own teachers have included Dr. Ritchie Clendenin and Ray Sasaki. Michael is also an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma (2003), Kappa Kappa Psi (2005) and Sigma Alpha Iota (1999).