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Zachary Finnegan          

Weston, WI 54476          


Indiana University (2018-Present)

Master of Music -Jazz Studies


University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (2013-2018)

Bachelor of Music - Jazz Studies

Bachelor of Music - Music Education


D.C. Everest Sr. High (2009-2013)    


Primary Instructors

John Raymond (2018-2020)

Brent Turney (2013-2018)

Mathew Buchman (2015-2018)

Patrick Phalen (2010-2013)


Other Instructors/Mentors        

Brandon Lee               

Marty Robinson     

Matt Wilson

Steve Houghton

Anthony Stanco             

Performance Experience


Heavenly Vibes (2012-2017)

Co-lead duet by Zachary Finnegan and Joseph Finnegan


UW-Stevens Point Wind Ensemble (2013-2016)

Directed by Brendan Caldwell, Jon Caldwell, and Michael Butler


Central Wisconsin Jazz Orchestra (2016-2017))

Act as sub for various concert series. Co-directed by Mathew Buchman and Brent Turney


Hip Pocket (2014-2016)

Acting sub for various performances. Music director Patrick Phalen


UW Stevens Point Orchestra (2014-2017)

Directed by Patrick Miles and Andres Moran


UW-Stevens Point Jazz Ensemble (2013-2017)

Directed by Mathew Buchman

UWSP Faculty Quintet (2017)

Brent Turney, Andres Moran, Patrick Lawrence and James Kuzmic


Omnos Quintet/Quartet (2015-Present)

Co-lead professional jazz quintet/quartet. Debut album released in 2018.

Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music Featured Soloist (2018)

Trumpet soloist with 70 piece choir performing in seven European countries.

John Raymond's Big Band (2018-2019)

Directed by John Raymond at Indiana University.

Crossroads Quintet (2018-present)

Co-led collective of original jazz music. 

Clint Breeze and the Groove (2019-present)

Hip hop/R&B/Jazz influenced group. 

Son Ensemble (2019-present)

Latin group led by Joe Galvin.


Other Freelance Work

Brevard Summer Jazz Institute- Brevard, NC

John Greiner’s Swingshift Big Band- Wausau, WI

Swing City Jazz Ensemble- Stevens Point, WI

Wausau Symphonic Band- Wausau, WI

River City Big Band- Stevens Point, WI

Honor Flight Ensemble- Mosinee, WI

Highland Community Church Worship Team- Wausau, WI

Water City Jazz Ensemble- Oshkosh, WI

9 student Recitals- Stevens Point, WI/Bloomington, IN

Hal Edwards Orchestra- Wisconsin Dells, WI

Pointer Jazz Quintet- Plover, WI

Jazz Orgy-Appleton, WI

Edgewood Show Choir-Edgewood, IN

Clark Hunt's Drive-By Big Band- Bloomington, IN

Hickey/Shanafelt Collaboration Big Band- Indianapolis, IN

Al Cobine Big Band- Bloomington, IN

Descarga 5-Bloomington, IN


Festival Appearances

Bull Falls Jazz Festival (2014/2017/2018)

Eau Claire Jazz Festival (2017/2018)

Riverfront Jazz Festival (2017)

B'town Jazz Festival (2019)

Feast of the Lanterns Festival (2019)

Chreece Hip-Hop Festival (2019)

Huntingburg Fourth Friday's Festival (2019)

Conference Performances

Wisconsin Music Educators Conference

Big Band Trumpet Section Clinic-Brent Turney (2015)

International Trumpet Guild Conference-Wisconsin Chapter 

Brass Fundamentals Workshop-Brent Turney (2016)

Percussive Arts Society International Convention

Salsa Fundamentals-Michael Mixtacki (2019)

Broadway Show Pit Experience

Wonderful Town - Indiana University (2019)


Recording Experience

Brevard Summer Jazz Institute: (2016)

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Promo Video (2016)

John Raymond's Big Band: Submission to Downbeat (2018)

Omnos Quartet: Live album recording at Daly's Restaurant (2018)

Crossroads Quintet: Studio music videos recorded in Houghton Sound (2018)

Miro Sobrer: Two of Swords (2018)

Crossroads Quintet: EP Release (2019)

Clint Breeze and the Groove: Sophomore album release (2019)


Guest Artists Performed With

Wayne Bergeron (2013)         Eric Marienthal (2013)

Dave Pietro (2013)                   Martin Wind (2014)

Miguel Zenon (2015)               Jim McNeely (2015)

Conrad Herwig (2016)             Janet Planet (2016)

Brandon Lee (2016)                 Michael Dease (2016/2017)

Tim Green (2016)                     Rodney Whitaker (2016)

Jeff Sipe (2016)                        Jim Alfredson (2016)

Matt Wilson (2016)                 Allison Miller (2017)

Steve Cardenas (2017)           Ben Allison (2017)

John Raymond (2017)            Air Force~Shades of Blue (2018)

Sammy Miller and the Congregation (2018)

Walter Smith III (2019)          Mike Rodriguez (2019)

Vince Mendoza (2019)           



Professional Experience


B'Town Jazz Board of Directors

Bloomington's local organization for supporting jazz. This organization holds an annual jazz festival, brings in guest artists, coordinates a performance stage at Taste of Bloomington, among many other aspects in the music community.

Project Jumpstart Intern (2019-2020)

Project Jumpstart empowers and supports entrepreneurial, innovative thought and action among Jacobs School of Music students as they prepare for a meaningful life in the arts.

Skidmore Jazz Institute Resident Assistant (2019)

Assisting in resident life for the students, as well as giving a masterclass based on music business and tools for success for DIY musicians.

Brevard Jazz Institute Teaching/Resident Assistant (2019)

Teaching warm up classes, and assisting combo's and big bands during this two week institute. 

JEN Student Chapter (2018-2020)

Began Jazz Education Network Student Chapter at Indiana University. President. Affiliate with national and international resources through the JEN Network.

Indiana University Jazz Librarian (2018-2020)

Organize the Jazz Library at Indiana University.

Wausau Conservatory of Music (2018-Present)

Trumpet Artist

Teach private lessons to students of all ages.

Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music (2018)

Trumpet Coach and Performer

On faculty for the Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music European Tour. I run sectionals, and chaperone the tour as well as perform as the trumpet soloist as we travel and perform in seven European countries.

Jazz Society of UWSP (2013-2018)

Treasurer 2015-2016, academic year.

President 2016-2018.

Organized funding to present concerts and masterclasses by prominent musicians; organized jam sessions, trips to concerts in Chicago and Appleton, and collaborated with other student organizations.


Madison Music Clinic (2017)

On staff through the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a counselor. Helped organize and run rehearsals, sectionals, and activities for junior high and high school age students.


SPASH Guest Artist (2017)

Gave masterclass and performed with all SPASH Jazz Ensembles


Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator (2017)

D.C. Everest School District


UW Stevens Point Brass Day Lecturer (2016)

Presented a masterclass for trumpet students who attended the clinic


DC Everest Summer Jazz Faculty (2013-2015)

Combo coaching, 1 on 1 teaching, and big band sectional leader