Department of Music

Pete McGuinness

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Office:   Shea 159
Phone:   (973) 720-3387
Email:   mcguinnessp1@wpunj.edu
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Department: Music

Active professional New York City jazz trombonist/composer-arranger since 1987, has performed as trombonist with such groups as The Woody Herman Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Heath, and The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, and appears on numerous jazz CDs. He has led or co-led several of his own jazz groups, including The New York Trombone Conspiracy, and the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra, his 16-piece big band which performs regularly in the NYC area with a debut CD “First Flight” (Summit Records), including McGuinness’s Grammy-nominated arrangement of the Charlie Chaplin classic song “Smile”. Awarded numerous commission grants, including awards from the NEA; music performed by Dave Liebman, Marvin Stamm, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and The Westchester Jazz Orchestra. As a vocalist, he is a past semi-finalist of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for vocalists and in 2010, won 1st prize in Jazzmobile Vocal Competition. Member of the New Jersey City University jazz studies faculty since 1994, and in 2011, was appointed professor of jazz arranging at William Paterson University. His published compositions/arrangements are available through Otter Music Distributors and Kendor Music, Pete’s educational degrees include Bachelor of Music (University of Miami, 1986), and Master of Music (Manhattan School of Music, 1987).