Dr. Kevin Kjos
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Dr. Kevin Kjos is the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Trumpet at Kutztown University.
Before coming to Kutztown University in 1998, Kevin was an ensemble leader/conductor, performer and composer. He was the founder/director of the Minneapolis based Cedar Avenue Big Band that performed weekly at the famous Dakota Bar and Grill and O'Gara's Pub, and the new music group, The Sound Exploration Ensemble. As a trumpet player, Dr. Kjos has performed in a wide variety of musical settings from orchestral to rhythm and blues to jazz. As a composer he has won grants for both composition and recording.
He is the author of two books about teaching: Teaching Through Imitation, A Jazz Ensemble Guide, written for the music educator, and Reflections on the Teaching of William Adam, a book analyzing the teaching methods/techniques of the master trumpet pedagogue William Adam through interviews with Mr. Adam and research into pedagogy, both non-academic and academic, including ideas found in such seemingly divergent areas as Eastern and Western philosophy and athletics. Both books are available through Really Good Music Publishing.
He has served as director for several regional high school honor jazz ensembles and was recently honored with the President's Award from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire for outstanding alumni achievement.
Dr. Kjos has a Bachelor of Music in Theory/Composition and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, where he studied under Robert Baca. He has a Doctorate of Music from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington where he studied with the legendary jazz pedagogue David Baker and Dominic Spera. He was awarded a membership by Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society in 1998.