Buddy Clements is a native of southern California. Growing up in the South Bay area, he attended Hawthorne High School where he was extremely active in the music program, both in instrumental and choir classes. In addition to the high school program, Clements performed in numerous community, honor and youth orchestras and bands (including the Inglewood Toppers Boys Band).
His mother fostered a deep passion for both the arts and athletics in all four of her children. Along with his four uncles, she had been a performer and song writer in their native Missouri, as well as on local radio stations after relocating to southern California. She always encouraged her children to follow their passions, to never be afraid of hard work, to protect their integrity and to seek God’s direction for their lives.
Clements attended the University of Redlands where he received both his Bachelors & Masters in Tuba Performance. He studied tuba and bass trombone with James R. Jorgenson, Tommy Johnson and world famous tubist Roger Bobo. Some of his fellow classmates at the U of R include jazz sax great Gerald Albright and guitarist John Jorgenson. While a member of the Disney All-American College Band, Clements furthered his studies of the music industry through California Institute for the Arts.
His composition teachers include Dr. Barney Childs, Don Brandon Ray, Frank Campos, and arranger Butch Evans.