Isrea Butler, D.M.A.

  •   111214_UMES_Orchestra-379_01.jpgDr. Isrea Butler holds degrees in trombone performance from the Eastman School of Music (BM and MM) and Rutgers University (DMA). His teachers include John Marcellus, Ralph Sauer, George Roberts , Michael Powell and Weston Sprott, Conrad Herwig, Tom, Ervin, Bruce Paulson and Clay Jenkins.

    Dr.Butler is Director of Wind Ensemble and Brass at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He was recently Director of Jazz Studies and Low Brass at the University of Mary. From 2012-2013 Dr. Butler was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Jackson State University where he taught studio trombone and conducted the University Brass Ensemble, Jazz Combo I and taught Graduate History. He has also taught at the Eastman School of Music, Juilliard’s MAP and Rutgers University.

    As a conductor Dr. Butler has been the Associate Conductor Mississippi Symphony Youth Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Brighton Symphony and Eastman Trombone Choir and Brass Guild. He studied conducting with Brad Lubman, William Weinert and Kynan Johns.

    While in NYC he was a frequent performer on numerous Broadway shows and many other prestigious musical performances. He has toured, recorded and performed with many of the country’s leading jazz orchestras including Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Mingus Big Band, Glenn Miller, Birdland Big Band and Jimmy Heath’s Big Band. He also recorded on three Grammy Nominated albums.

    Also at home playing classical music he has performed with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, New York String Seminar Orchestra and was the Principal Trombone of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra for the 2013-14 season. Dr .Butler is a Michael Rath Trombones performing artist and remains both an active clinician and performer since moving here.

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