Background, professional training and performance history
A trombonist, Glenn was a teaching assistant in Jazz Arranging at North Texas State University and directed one of the nine jazz ensembles. After receiving a master’s degree, he joined the S/S Norway big band as lead trombonist. During the yearly Floating Jazz Festivals, Glenn performed in the bands of Clark Terry, Erskine Hawkins, Ray Anthony and Lionel Hampton. While working at sea, Glenn circumnavigated the globe three times. In 1992 Glenn made Eugene his home and has performed with the Emerald City Jazz Kings, Starlighters Big Band, Caliente, Eugene Symphony, Eugene Opera, Oregon Bach Festival, and with the Dick Hyman All-Stars. From 1998-2001 Glenn worked aboard the Mississippi Queen and American Queen playing traditional New Orleans jazz. Now back in Eugene, Glenn is currently director of the Jazz Academy at the Shedd, as well as directing the Spencer Butte and “South Eugene 2” jazz bands and teaching part time at Lane Community College.
Artist statement and teaching philosophy
"We have designed The Jazz Academy to offer a more intensive approach to studies in jazz by performing in jazz combos. Students learn to use lead sheets for melodic playing and improvisation. Students also learn about music form and the nature of group improvisation and performance. I believe that the mental focus that it takes to improvise, work with other musicians and make spontaneous decisions within a jazz group will give my students a model for how to work with others throughout their life, regardless of what they choose to do."
Instruments & classes taught
Glen is the director of the Jazz Academy, The Shedd’s premiere performing student ensemble, during the school year and of the 2-week OFAM Jazz Academy each August.