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Derek Sims
Derek Sims

Jazz Trumpet Instructor

Office: LH 243C

Derek Sims is an in-demand trumpeter in both the jazz and classical
Portland music scene. Derek graduated with honors from The
University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Music degree. While at
Michigan, he studied with the great Armando Ghitalla (Boston
Symphony), and Charles Daval (Montreal, Seattle Symphonies). After
college, Derek went to play with Princess Cruise Lines, and toured
over 40 countries around the world for 2 years.

Mr. Sims has had the privilege of performing with such artists as
Benny Golson, Freda Payne, Gerald Wilson, Arturo Sandoval, Bob
Mintzer, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Faddis, Ingrid Jensen, Bobby Shew,
Randy Brecker, Bobby Watson, Pancho Sanchez, Wynton Marsalis,
James Moody, Ron Miles, Martha Reeves, and many others.
Currently he performs with the Mel Brown Septet, and co-leads the
Brown/Sims Big Band. He has also performed with many different
groups in the Portland area including: Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big
Band, The Oregon Symphony, Columbia Symphony, Big Horn Brass,
Alan Jones Sextet, Bobby Torres Ensemble, Soul Vaccination, Linda
Hornbuckle, Pepe and the Bottle Blondes, Pink Martini, and Dahlia.

Mr. Sims started the Portland Jazz School in 2017, is the Adjunct
Professor of Jazz Trumpet and the Jazz Band Director at Portland
State University. He is the Music Director for The Incredible Journey
of Jazz, and is also a clinician and faculty member of the Mel Brown
Summer Jazz Camps.