Brett Stamps is Professor of Music at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where he teaches jazz trombone, composition/arranging, improvisation, pedagogy, history, combo, and directs the SIUE Concert Jazz Band. Stamps founded the jazz studies program at SIUE in 1979 and served as its director until 2011.

A well-respected trombonist internationally, Brett is based out of the St. Louis metropolitan area. He has performed worldwide with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the United States Army Jazz Ambassadors, and the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band. Local performance credits include the Jim Widner, Mo Bottom, Kim Portnoy, and Gary Dammer Big Bands, the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra, the Fox Theater and MUNY Orchestras, Legacy, Galaxy, and the SIUE Faculty Jazz Group. Brett has also built a strong following on the Trad circuit, having played with the St. Louis Rivermen and now the ever-popular, Cornet Chop Suey.

Brett has recorded three albums as a leader, In Your Own Sweet Way, Bad to the Bone, and In Retrospect. The latter (and most recent CD) features twelve original compositions written for five trombones and rhythm section. It was produced as a retrospective glimpse of Brett’s last 32 years as an arranger and educator. All three CD’s are available for purchase/mp3 download on iTunes and CD Baby.

A member of ASCAP, Brett publishes all of his arrangements through either UNC Jazz Press or Slideshow Publications. He has written for big bands, combos, trombone ensembles, and concert band.

Brett holds degrees from the College of William & Mary (BA) and the University of Miami (MM).