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Dr. Steve Roach
D.A., Univ. of Northern Colorado
(916) 278-7987 • Email
Office: Capistrano 463

Courses/Areas Taught
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Trumpet (jazz)

Professor Steve Roach

Steve Roach Steve Roach has been the Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Sacramento since 2001. He has also served as Director of Jazz Studies at Baylor University and has held teaching positions at the University of Northern Colorado and Northern Illinois University. Steve's duties at Sacramento State include directing large jazz ensembles and teaching courses in jazz pedagogy and jazz history. In addition, Roach directs the annual Sacramento State Winter Jazz Festival and The Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in trumpet and jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.

Professional appearances as an assisting artist by Roach include studio and live sessions with such jazz/pop musicians as Tito Puente, Louis Bellson, Conrad Herwig, Lou Rawls, Jon Tchicai, Ben Vereen, Melissa Manchester, Toni Tennille, Roberta Flack, Rosemary Clooney, Jeffrey Osbourne, Carl Fontana, Paquito D'Rivera, the Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, and others.

Steve is currently serving on the Executive Board for the Capital Section of the California Music Educators Association. Roach also works as a clinician and adjudicator for jazz festivals and summer camps nationwide and has directed several California high school honor jazz ensembles including the San Mateo Honor Jazz Band, the Fresno-Madera County Honor Jazz Band, and the Solano County High School Honor Jazz Ensemble.