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Student sitting in the music building with his trombone
Front shot of the NEW music building
Jennifer Mendez, student clarinet player
Percussion Ensemble outside of the NEW music building
Luis Sanchez, Piano and Keyboarding Professor

John Wasson

John Wasson
 

Alisha Bade

From his arrangement of Caravan heard in the final scene of the Academy Award-winning motion picture “Whiplash” to his orchestrations performed by the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony, and from his extensive arrangements for the Dallas Brass to his published compositions and arrangements numbering in the hundreds, John Wasson’s music has been heard and performed around the world by professional and educational artists alike. Born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, John journeyed to the University of North Texas where he earned degrees in music theory and trombone performance. Since college, he has toured with the Stan Kenton and Woody Herman Orchestras and performed with dozens of major entertainers. He has composed and produced music for such organizations as National Geographic, the United Way, and the American Prairie Reserve. John currently directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches Music Theory at Texas A&M University in Commerce; he also leads and performs in his own Strata Big Band and CoolBrass Jazztet. John is a XOBrass performing artist.