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Lance Boyd

Low Brass Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at Univeristy of Montana

Lance Boyd is the UM Jazz Director and low brass instructor at The University of Montana-Missoula. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he received his Bachelors of Music Education degree as well as his Master of Fine Arts degree in trombone performance. While attending the University of Minnesota, Lance studied with Larry Weinman and Steven Zellmer who were the bass trombonist and principal trombonist in the Minneapolis Symphony at the time.

In 1970, Lance took over the jazz band at The University of Montana-Missoula and developed what is now known as the UM Jazz Program consisting of three big bands, several combos, and courses in jazz improvisation and jazz history. In 1980, the first UM Jazz Festival was organized and it has become an annual event featuring top artists and educators in jazz and attracting high school and college bands from all over the Pacific Northwest.

Many of Lance's students have gone on to outstanding careers in music. Graduates of his studio have been accepted by many of the top universities and conservatories to continue their study of music and performance. Others have distinguished themselves in the field of music education and have become leaders in the instrumental music world.

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