Trombonist and arranger Steve Dekker, a native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, is currently the Director of Instrumental Music at The Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, where he leads three concert bands, a jazz ensemble, and the chamber orchestra. Dekker also teaches jazz trombone and jazz arranging at the UMKC Conservatory of Music, Kansas City, MO. Dekker received the B.S. degree in Trombone Performance and his M.M. degree in Jazz Composition from Towson University, Towson, MD, where he studied under Hank Levy who composed and played for the bands of Stan Kenton and Don Ellis. Dekker was also a member of the First United States Army Band at Fort Meade, Maryland, where he played lead and jazz trombone, bass guitar, and became a staff arranger. Dekker freelances as a trombonist, clinician, composes and arranges, and adjudicates festivals and competitions throughout the midwest. Dekker also performs regularly with area big bands including Bobby Watson’s Jazz All Stars, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and Kansas City’s Boulevard Big Band whose Grammy nominated recording “Take Only for Pain,” featured two of Dekker’s compositions and included heavyweights Tom Harrel, Pete Christlieb and Frank Mantooth.
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