Jamie Kember has been a Development Associate at Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA), Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) and Wisconsin Foundation for School Music (WFSM) since September 2008.
Jamie balances his passion for music as performer, educator and advocate. He has been a trombonist with such diverse groups as Bob Brookmeyer’s Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Callithumpian Consort and Harvard’s Early Music Society. In the Madison area, Jamie can be heard with Grupo Candela, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and a group he helps lead, The Big Payback. The Big Payback gives Jamie a compositional outlet, receiving a Madison Area Music Association Award for Best Jazz Song with his composition “Overture,” as well as a way to share his talents on stages and in schools across the Midwest.
As a music educator, Jamie has previously taught for UW’s Summer Music Clinic, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, and in 2007 was Associate Professor of Trombone at the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina, Brasil. Jamie currently teaches music theory and the history of pop/rock music at Madison College where he directs the Big Band and Jazz Combo. One of the highlights of his year is directing UW’s PEOPLE Program Jazz Ensemble, which he has been a part of for the past six summers. Before starting his position at the associations and foundation, Jamie got his first taste of music advocacy working with National Public Radio’s nationally syndicated radio show “From the Top.”
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance with a Music-in-Education Concentration from New England Conservatory of Music and a Masters of Music in Trombone Performance along with a certification in K-12 instrumental music education from the UW-Madison, where he currently serves on the School of Music Alumni Association Board.