Born: February 16, 1984
Shawn began his musical journey at the age of ten in his home town of Dowagiac, Michigan. He excelled in all things musical including his school’s band program, local and state honor bands, and any other playing opportunities he could find. These efforts eventually led him to continue his training at Western Michigan University.
The time that Shawn spent at WMU afforded him many wonderful opportunities. Among these were performing in the school’s top notch ensembles, leading his own quintet in gigs throughout West Michigan, and learning from great faculty and guest artists such as Slide Hampton, Bobby McFerrin, Stephon Harris, and Randy Brecker. During this time, Shawn was also keeping busy as a commercial trombonist playing in many pit orchestras, a Motown cover band, and with a large gospel church, Christian Life Center....
AwardsLiberace Scholar at Northern Illinois University (2008-present) Kennedy Center Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency (2007) International Trombone Association JJ Johnson Jazz Competition-alternate finalist (2006)
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Private Instructor Roscoe Middle School, Roscoe, Il (2007-present) Winnebago Community unit School District, Winnebago, Il (2007-present) Belvidere School District, Belvidere, Il (2007-2009) Dekalb High School, Dekalb, Il (2008-2009) Goshen School District, Goshen In (2006-2007) Private lessons and/or section coaching Beloit Memeorial High School, Beloit, Wi (2007-present) Beloit Memorial High School Jazz Band 1 chosen as finalist in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington competition (2009) Concord School District, Elkhart, In (2006-2007) Northwood High School, Nappanee, In (2006-2007) Dowagiac Union High School, Dowagiac, Mi (2005) Berrien Springs High School, Berrien Springs, Mi (2003-2005) University Teaching Assistant Northern Illinois University All University Jazz Band director (2009-present) Northern Illinois University Liberace Jazztet leader (2009-present) Northern Illinois University Undergraduate combo instructor (2008-2009)
Clinician Brass Clinician at high schools throughout Midwest including North Scott High School(Eldridge, Ia), Lake Geneva High School(Lake Geneva, Il), East High School(Wauwatosa, Wi), and Oswego High School(Oswego, Il) Brass Clinician during the Northern Illinois University Liberace Jazztet’s tour to Bogota, Colombia