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Isrea L Butler

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Chair, Department of Music
(919) 530-6299
212 C. Ruth Edwards Music Hall


Dr. Isrea Butler holds degrees in trombone performance from the Eastman School of Music (BM and MM) and Rutgers University (DMA). His teachers include John Marcellus, Ralph Sauer, George Roberts, Tom Ervin, Michael Powell, Weston Sprott, He has played all four chairs in the world famous Count Basie Orchestra and with many of the top jazz ensembles. In addition to orchestras and jazz ensembles he has played 8 different NYC Broadway productions. .He is the newly appointed Music Department Chair at North Carolina Central University. Dr. Butler was recently the Director of Bands and music program coordinator at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He was the Director of Jazz Studies and Low Brass at the University of Mary from 2013-2014. From 2012-2013 he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Jackson State University from 2012-2013, where he taught trombone and conducted the University Brass Ensemble, The award-wining Jazz Combo and taught Graduate Music History. He has also taught at the Eastman School of Music, Juilliard?s MAP and Rutgers University. His students have gone on to perform, teach and study at graduate school at Indiana University, Berklee, UNI, Rutgers, Eastman and Montclair.

As a conductor Dr. Butler has been the conductor of the UMES Wind Ensemble, HBCU Trombone Choir, Associate Conductor of the Brighton Symphony and Eastman Trombone Choir and Brass Guild. He studied conducting with Brad Lubman, William Weinert, Mark Scatterday and Kynan Johns. While in NYC he was a frequent performer on numerous Broadway shows and many other prestigious musical performances. He has toured, recorded and performed with many of the country?s leading jazz orchestras including Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Mingus Big Band, Glenn Miller, Birdland Big Band and Jimmy Heath. Orchestra. Also at home playing classical music he has performed with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic. Dr .Butler is a Conn-Selmer clinician and performing artist.


DMA Rutgers University 2012
MMA Eastman School of Music 2006
BM Eastman School of Music 2004


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