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Stephen Haynes

I am an improvising composer, arts advocate and educator; a product of the historic and fertile Black Music Division at Bennington College, directed by Bill Dixon. My early foundational studies were with the wonderful Frank Baird, who chaired the brass department at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus during the sixties and seventies. My current focus is the development of my own music for a variety of ensembles ranging from duo to nonette. I am very concerned with the plight of the local artist in his/her hometown and region, and with the importance of well-developed support for those of us who enjoy working close to home and being treated properly.

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Wethersfield, CT

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.


I teach all levels on trumpet, and began teaching as an Artist in Residence with the Black Music Division of Bennington College in 1981. I also worked as a faculty member in several disciplines at The Harlem School for the Arts in the early nineties.

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Master Classes in improvisation and small ensemble practice.

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