Visiting Assistant Professor
Trumpet, Director of Jazz Ensembles
Morrison Center; C211
D.M.A., Jazz and Classical Trumpet,
University of Miami
M.M., Studio Music,
New York University
B.A., Ethnomusicology, Cognitive Science, Computational Cognition
University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Derek Ganong holds a Doctorate of music in Jazz and Classical trumpet from the University of Miami, as well as a Master of music in studio music from NYU, and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnomusicology from UCLA. His principal teachers have included Craig Morris, Laurie Frink, Brian Lynch, Ralph Alessi, and Ken Larson. While at NYU, Derek served as adjunct trumpet faculty, and while at the University of Miami, Derek served as a teaching assistant in both the jazz and classical trumpet departments. Derek currently teaches for the Miami Music Project, the Community Arts Program, and is a freelance musician.
Derek has performed with numerous ensembles including the Palm Beach Symphony, the Miami Symphony, The Space Coast Symphony, Orchestra Miami, the Boca Sinfonia, the Orchid City Brass Band, and the New World Symphony. On the commercial side, Derek has shared the stage with Arturo Sandoval, Barry Manilow, Maria Schneider, Kevin Spacey, Danilo Perez, Vince Mendoza, Terence Blanchard, Wayne Bergeron, and many others. As a member of The Vice City Brass and the FredBrass Institute, Derek is constantly seeking to push the boundaries of brass performance, chamber music, and pedagogy. Derek is the foremost authority on the trumpet method of the late Laurie Frink, and authored a wildly successful DMA essay covering her groundbreaking method. Derek is in high demand as both a teacher and a performer in the South Florida region and can be heard playing in all styles, genres, and registers.
A California native, Derek is highly regarded as both a jazz and classical trumpeter and has developed a reputation for professionalism and excellence in all areas of music. Dr. Ganong is committed to the multifaceted nature of the trumpet, and to the ever-broadening scope of professional music. His career goals include becoming part of a diverse and talented university faculty, as well as a successful performer, soloist, and chamber musician.