Fred Sturm has composed and arranged music featuring jazz vocalists Kurt Elling and Bobby McFerrin; trumpeters Clay Jenkins, Ingrid Jensen, Wynton Marsalis, and Clark Terry; trombonists Bob Brookmeyer, Wycliffe Gordon, and Jim Pugh; saxophonists Branford Marsalis, Chis Vadala, and Phil Woods; guitarists Gene Bertoncini, Mike Stern, and John Scofield; vibraphonists Gary Burton and Joe Locke; bassists Arild Andersen and Ike Sturm; pianist Lars Jansson; and drummer Steve Houghton.
Sturm has served as guest conductor/composer/arranger for professional jazz ensembles and radio orchestras in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland and Norway; as director of university jazz ensembles and high school all-state jazz bands throughout the U.S.; as clinician at national educational conferences and festivals; and as composer-in-residence for school and university music programs.
Sturm works are published by Lorenz Heritage JazzWorks, Universal Edition, Sierra Music Publications, Kendor, Warner Brothers/Alfred Music, Advance Music, Ensemble Publications, Really Good Music, and UNC Jazz Press and have been issued on Concord Jazz, RCA, hrMedia, and Warner Brothers Records. His 9 inning baseball symphony Forever Spring has continuously toured American orchestras with The Baseball Music Project under the auspices of the Baseball Hall of Fame since 2005. Migrations: One World, Many Musics, his concert suite inspired by indigenous music from 21 countries, was premiered by vocalist Bobby McFerrin and the NDR Big Band in Germany in 2007 and toured Europe the following summer.