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Dr. Oscar Passley

Oscar PassleyEqually proficient in both classical and jazz genres, Dr. Oscar Passley has performed on some of the most prestigious stages, festivals and events in the nation.  Some of the stages include Fair Park Music Hall, Meyerson Symphony Center, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Bass Hall, Dallas Theater Center and the Village Vanguard.  Mr. Passley has been featured at events including the Taste of New Orleans Festival – San Antonio, TX, Cutting Edge Music Business Conference - New Orleans, LA, Main Street Festival – Fort Worth, TX, Denton Arts and Jazz Festival and even featured and interviewed by John McCaa on Dallas’ Metro, WFAA ch. 8.

In the classical realm, Dr. Passley has performed extensively with chamber groups and is a founding member of the Highland Brass Quintet. He has also performed with groups such as the Las Colinas Symphony, Garland Symphony, Arlington Symphony, New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, Chamber Orchestra of Denton, Metropolitan Classical Ballet Orchestra and was Co-Principal at the 2008 Missouri Symphony Summer Festival. He also has been performing with the Dallas Opera Orchestra since the 2005-2006 season.

In the commercial/jazz idioms, Dr. Passley has shared the stage with such notable musicians as Andrea Bocelli, Gladys and "Bubba" Knight, Louis Price (former lead singer for the Temptations), Heather Headley, "Bebe" Neuwirth, B. J. Thomas, Bowling for Soup, Steve Lippia, Benjamin Wright, Winard Harper, Regina Carter, Rebirth Brass Band, Byron Stripling and Wynton Marsalis. He has also toured and performed nationwide with the New Orleans style brass band, Inner City All Stars.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland Dr. Passley graduated from Morgan State University with a B.A. in music where he studied trumpet with Melvin Miles. He finished master degrees in trumpet performance (M.M.) and music education (M.M.E.) in 2004-2005 at the University of North Texas, studying classical trumpet with John Holt and is currently finishing a D.M.A. in trumpet performance.

Nominated for "Who's Who Among American Teachers & Educators" (11th ed. 2007), Dr. Passley has held a teaching assistantship at the University of North Texas and has served on the faculties of the Elan International Music Festival, Blast of Brass Summer Festival, Tarrant County College (Northwest campus), Northlake College and Collin College. Currently, Dr. Passley is the faculty coordinator of the music department at Eastfield College.  In addition to his pedagogical and administrative duties, he has also been a guest artist at numerous universities throughout the country, including Northeastern State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Baylor University, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas A&M University at Commerce, University of Dallas and Richland College.

Equally proficient in both classical and jazz genres, Dr. Oscar Passley has performed extensively with chamber groups and is a founding member of the Highland Brass Quintet. He has also performed with groups such as the Price/Wright Jazz Orchestra, Rizpah Lowe Jazz Quartet, Alexandria’s Ragtime Band, Bourbon Street Stompers, Inner City All-Stars Brass Band, Eastfield College Faculty Jazz Combo, Texas Star Brass Band, Las Colinas Symphony, Garland Symphony, Arlington Symphony, New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, Chamber Orchestra of Denton, Voices of Change, Metropolitan Classical Ballet Orchestra and was Co-Principal at the 2008 Missouri Symphony Summer Festival. He also has been performing with the Dallas Opera Orchestra since the 2005-2006 season.

Dr. Passley has shared the stage with such notable musicians as Andrea Bocelli, Denyce Graves, Michael Sachs, Scott Hartman, Elizabeth Freimuth, Gladys and "Bubba" Knight, Louis Price (former lead singer for the Temptations), Heather Headley, "Bebe" Neuwirth, B. J. Thomas, Bowling for Soup, Steve Lippia, Benjamin Wright, Winard Harper, Regina Carter, Rebirth Brass Band, Byron Stripling and Wynton Marsalis.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland Dr. Passley graduated from Morgan State University with a B.A. in music where he studied trumpet with Melvin Miles. He finished master degrees in trumpet performance (M.M.) and music education (M.M.E.) in 2004-2005, studying jazz trumpet with Mike Steinel and classical trumpet with John Holt at the University of North Texas.  In August 2012, Dr. Passley received his Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in trumpet performance at UNT.

 

Contact: Office F110, Phone 972-860-7139, Email OscarPassley@dcccd.edu

Website: www.OscarPassley.com