Paul Brewer

Director of Jazz Studies
Summer Camp Director
  • Jazz Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Concert Band, Music Education, Humanities 

Biography

Paul Brewer, a native of Phoenix, AZ, started teaching private saxophone soon after high school graduation and realized that music education was the realm in which he would spend the rest of his musical career. He began his college education at Mesa Community College under the tutelage of Grant Wolf and Fred Forney. He then transferred to Northern Arizona University, where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education with instrumental emphasis. While at NAU, he performed on every saxophone chair with the award-winning NAU Jazz I under the direction of Joel DiBartolo. With this ensemble, Paul had the opportunity to perform with such great musicians as Peter Erskine, Ed Shaughnessy, Wallace Roney, and John Abercrombie. While completing his undergraduate work, Mr. Brewer was also the director of “The Show 2001”, a variety show, which consisted of a full rock band with horns and a line-up of singers and dancers. This nominated him for the most prestigious award on NAU campus.

After completing his Bachelor’s Degree, Paul Brewer became a high school band director in the public school system. Mr. Brewer was the band director at Barry Goldwater and Paradise Valley High Schools where his marching, concert and jazz bands consistently received Superior and Excellent ratings at many festivals around the Southwest. After teaching high school for a few years, Paul earned his Master’s Degree in Music Education with emphasis in Jazz Studies from Arizona State University. While earning his Master’s Degree, he was the Graduate Assistant for the Jazz Studies Department at ASU. Upon completion, Paul began teaching as an adjunct professor at Mesa and Scottsdale Community Colleges. During this time, Paul was also an Artist in Residence with the Roosevelt and Peoria School Districts and the Assistant Band Director at Marcos de Niza High School and the President of the Arizona Association of Jazz Education. Paul is in demand as a freelance saxophonist in the Phoenix area in all genres of music. Having the opportunity to perform with people/groups like, Frankie Valli, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Don Rickles, Diana Ross, Michael Bublé, David Foster, Johnny Mathis, Doc Severinsen, Idina Menzel, Gunhild Carling and others. Paul has also worked with touring Broadway shows and the Phoenix Symphony. When presented with the opportunity, Paul Brewer was asked to apply to the Director of Instrumental Music position at Scottsdale Community College and was selected, where he worked for five years.

Currently, Paul is the Director of Jazz Studies at Mesa Community College, his alma mater, where he enjoys coordinating the jazz program, co-directing the concert band as well as teaching Music History courses. His former students are currently performing and/or teaching in the New York, LA, Austin, Chicago and Phoenix areas. In addition to his position at MCC he continues working as a freelance saxophonist and is an adjudicator of public school concert and jazz band festivals.

Academic degrees

  • B.M. in Music Education with an emphasis in instrumental at Northern Arizona University
  • M.M. in Music Education with an emphasis in Jazz Studies at Arizona State University