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Guy Kammerer



Guy Kammerer has been in love with the big band sound since he was a boy and got to hear some of the great bands of the time. Maynard, Buddy, Stan, Chase and the Count were all still swinging (or rocking) and going strong. Later, involvement in Drum Corps and associated musical groups, garage bands and musical friends led him to a lifelong commitment to teaching and playing music.


Originally from McHenry, Illinois, Guy is currently Director of Bands at Wauwatosa West High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Before moving over to Wauwatosa he taught in Waukesha and Greenfield Wisconsin. He also spent thirteen years teaching at Marion High School in Southern Illinois where his ensembles earned consistent recognition as being among the finest musical groups in the State of Illinois.


Guy earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. There he studied with Dr. Robert Allison. He is past President of the Illinois Music Educators Association District VI and served on the IMEA State Board of Directors for three years. He also served as District VI Jazz Chairman for five years and has been involved in a variety of committees dealing with music education issues and activities.


He is in demand as a frequent adjudicator and clinician of marching band, concert band and jazz band events. He has appeared as featured soloist at high school and college jazz festivals and is former principal trumpet with the highly regarded Knightwind Ensemble in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has also performed as principal trumpet under the baton of conducting legends such as Dr. William Revelli, W. Francis McBeth and John Paynter.


Guy has been active travelling both as director and performer. As a freelance musician in the Milwaukee area he performed on Eric Benet’s Grammy nominated recording of “Lost in Time.” He also recorded a collection of wedding songs for solo trumpet for Hal Leonard corporation and has worked on a number of other recording sessions for various projects. Musical performance has taken him to numerous venues throughout the United States, Europe, the Bahamas and China where he played and conducted for thousands of eager listeners in standing-room-only concert halls and auditoriums. Most recently, he toured the coast of Australia performing and conducting at several locations in Sidney and Cairns. His performance credits include appearances with notables such as Ron Carter, The Chicago Rat Pack, Mark Colby, Dick Contino, Vinnie Falcone, The Four Aces, Don Glasser, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Ray Sullinger, Roseanne Vitro, Mindy Abair and Brent Wallarab.




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Guy Kammerer