2023 North Dakota All-State Jazz Band Director: Steve Wiest
Steve Wiest is a multiple Grammy-nominated trombonist, composer, author, and cartoonist. The former soloist and writer for Maynard Ferguson, Steve went on to perform on the road with Doc Severinsen and the Old Tonight Show Orchestra as well as many other artists. Steve has numerous recordings out as a leader, the most recent of which is the second album (BLUE) from the critically-acclaimed all-star horn band Vinyl Hampdin. Along with being the trombonist with the group, Wiest composed and arranged all eleven tracks for their debut recording titled “RED,” as well as their new release titled :BLUE.: Joining Steve in Vinyl Hampdin is an all-star assemblage of Grammy and CCMA winners: Lisa Dodd, Frank David Greene, Brad Leali, Shelley Carrol, Stockton Helbing, Ryan Davidson, Eric Gunnison, Art Bouton, and Bijoux Barbosa.
In the world of jazz education, Steve was formerly the Director of the One O’Clock Lab Band at The University of North Texas. Following UNT, Wiest was Co-Chair of Jazz Studies at The University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and taught arranging, composition, jazz trombone and directed the award-winning Lamont Jazz Orchestra. In high demand as a clinician, composer and conductor, Steve has directed many all-state ensembles and appeared as a guest artist and clinician all over the world.
To learn more about Steve, please visit his website at steve-wiest.com