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Wes Funderburk

Part Time Instructor, Jazz Trombone    
Biography

Wes Funderburk has performed across the United States and Europe and is currently one of the most sought after trombonists and arrangers in Atlanta and the Southeast. He is the author of Funderbone.com and the inventor of Blog Songs! – his award-winning music blog and podcast. Wes has performed and recorded with a wide array of national and internationally-renowned artists including Jermaine Dupri, Cee Lo,The Boston Brass, Natalie Cole, Dallas Austin, SoShy, Kelis, India Arie, Cecil Welch, Slide Hampton, Joe Gransden, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra. He has also been a featured performer at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Atlanta Black Arts Festival, Candler Park Festival, Inman Park Festival, Montreux-Atlanta Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz Festival.

Mr. Funderburk recording credits include So So Def Records, Atlantic Records, Verve Records, Colombia Records, Universal Records, Arista Records, Giant Step Records, the Cartoon Network and the Weather Channel. His arranging credits include music for Natalie Cole, Joe Gransden Big Band, Georgia Brass Band, Atlanta Jazz Orchestra, Kennesaw State University jazz ensemble, Georgia State University jazz ensemble and brass band, the Piedmont Trombone Society and the Tempest Little Big Band. He is also the leader and co-founder of The Funderhorns – a freelance commercial horn section that has recorded in some of the finest recording studios in the country.

As an educator, Funderburk has given clinics and masterclasses at Francis Marion University, the University of North Florida, Georgia State University, Columbus State University (GA), the Mars Hill Low Brass Retreat, Tanglewood Music Camp and numerous high schools across the Southeast. He maintains an active private studio for students of all ages and is currently the low brass instructor at the Atlanta International School. In 2007 he joined the faculty at Kennesaw State University as a jazz band director and in 2010 he joined the faculty at Georgia State University as visiting lecturer in jazz studies. Mr. Funderburk earned his bachelor’s degree in trombone performance from the University of North Florida and his master’s degree in trombone performance with a concentration in jazz studies from Georgia State University.

He is a clinician and performing artist for Jupiter Band Instruments.