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Jeff Gottwig

Jeff Gottwig, a native of the pacific northwest, began his music career on trumpet at eight years of age. In addition to being a student director, his high school experience included concert band, marching band, orchestra, jazz band, and membership in the six time world champion Santa Clara Vanguard drum and bugle corps. He entered the U.S. Army in 1974, serving as a trumpet player/soloist with the 9th Infantry Division Band, Fort Lewis, Washington, the 298th Army Band, Berlin, Germany and the U.S. Army Band Europe, Heidelberg, Germany. After leaving the military in 1980 he moved to Minnesota where he studied at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, receiving his Associates degree in jazz history and performance, and the Bachelor of Science degree in music education, graduating with honors, and completed his Masters in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas. Jeff was the Director of Bands at Farmington High School, Minnesota, for 30 years where he directed or co-directed three curricular jazz ensembles, four concert bands, pep band, and the musical pit orchestra. His concert and small ensembles consistently received superior ratings and his curricular jazz groups are well known for quality. Jeff is active as a clinician and adjudicator around the Midwest. He directed the Grammy Midwest Regional Honors High School Jazz Ensemble and has served as the State Chapter Vice-President of the International Association of Jazz Educators. Special performances by his groups include the Minnesota Music Educators Convention, a special Fourth of July performance at the Minnesota Governor's mansion, awarded a special performance for the 100th anniversary of Carnegie Hall with the Count Basie Orchestra, first place honors at the Eau Claire Jazz Fest, La Crosse Jazz Fest, and the McDonald's Jazz Festivals.

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