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Name Todd Kelly
Talent Trumpet
Group Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra, Todd Kelly Quintet
Address 6 Northfield Ct.
East Peoria State Illinois Zip 61611
Home (309)694-2938
Work (309)677-2597
Fax (309)677-3871

Dr. Todd Kelly is Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Ensembles at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Dr. Kelly teaches trumpet, directs the Bradley Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos, teaches Jazz Improvisation, Secondary Music Methods, and serves as the advisor for the Music Business program. Under his direction, the jazz program has shown tremendous growth and now includes two big bands, two combos, and a year - long Jazz Improvisation sequence. The Bradley Jazz Ensemble has performed with such jazz artists as Mike Vax, Mike Lee, Matt Wilson, Rachael Lee, Allen Vizzutti, Ron Jones, and Tom Garling. During the summer of 2003, the group performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and they will return in the summer of 2006. Dr. Kelly holds the Doctor of Arts degree in trumpet performance from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. While at Ball State, he was the Assistant Director of the Jazz Studies program, directing the Studio Jazz Ensemble, coordinating the Jazz Combo program, and coordinating the “Dimensions in Jazz” high school jazz festival. He also served as Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet and Jazz at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Kelly received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with high honors from the University of Montana, and a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. His principal teachers include Lido Vizzutti, Dr. Thomas Cook, William Pfund, Paul Everett, and Bill Adam. He spent three years working as a musician for Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise lines. From 1992 - 1994, Kelly taught grades 6 - 12 bands in Gilcrest, Colorado. Dr. Kelly maintains a busy performing schedule in the Central Illinois area as a member of the Todd Kelly Jazz Quintet and as a freelance jazz and classical musician. He is the musical director of the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra, a big band comprised of seventeen of the finest musicians from the central Illinois area. He has backed such performers as Wayne Newton, Jerry Lewis, Charo, the Fifth Dimension and Lesley Gore. His professional memberships include the International Association of Jazz Educators (for which he served as the Illinois Unit Secretary), the International Trumpet Guild, Music Educators National Conference, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also listed in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.” In the spring of 2004, he was given the Bradley Parents Association’s “Award of Excellence” for outstanding service to students. He is in demand throughout the Midwest as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest artist. Last spring, Dr. Kelly was featured as a guest soloist and clinician with the Ashland University Jazz Ensemble, the Galesburg High School Jazz Band, and the Kankakee High School Jazz Band. Dr. Kelly was the conductor of the 2003 Illinois All-State Jazz Band. Recently, he has been touring throughout the United States with Indian tabla artist Sandip Burman. Todd Kelly is an artist/clinician for Conn/Selmer in Elkhart, Indiana