Adjunct Instructor of Music
M.A. in Music Education, Texas Woman's University
B.M. in Music Education, University of North Texas
Jesse Woolery has diverse experience teaching music to all ages and academic levels in urban, rural, and suburban environments. Currently, he serves as Jazz Band Director at Texas Woman’s University, Band Director at Denton High School in Denton, TX, and Assistant Director of Bocal Majority/Operation Oboe Double Reed Camps. He is also the Founder and Co-Director of the Chet Baker Educational Jazz Festival. As a performer and educator he has collaborated with Jeff Clayton, N’awlins Gumbo Kings, Miss Polly and Her Tiny Big Band, Earth Wind and Fire’s Bobby Burns Jr., Brave Combo, the University of North Texas One O’ Clock Lab Band, and New York City based dance company BODYART. As an advocate of new big band and wind music he has commissioned works by Grammy nominated composer Steve Wiest and Yo Goto.
While teaching for the past decade in the public schools of Texas, Mr. Woolery has had national success with his acclaimed jazz bands and unique personal style of motivating students to perform at their best. He received a Perry R. Bass Fellowship Award for his contribution to music education, named twice as Denton Independent School District’s Top Graduate Educator of Influence, appointed as an Educational Leader and Mentor of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, named Denton High School Teacher of the Year, and named a “Friend of the Arts” by Sigma Alpha Iota’s Iota Omega chapter for his support of music at the local and regional level. Woolery also holds professional affiliations with the International Double Reed Society, Texas Jazz Educators Association, Jazz Education Network, College Music Society, United Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Texas Music Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Mr. Woolery is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where he received his bachelor’s degree in music education with concentrations in bassoon, saxophone, and voice. While at the University of North Texas, he performed in the Jazz Lab Bands on tenor saxophone and the UNT Wind Symphony on bassoon. His name appears on recordings of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series published by GIA. Woolery received his master’s degree in music education from Texas Woman’s University, where his active research focused on health risks of being a public school band director. His research has been presented at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention Poster Session and has been published in Texas Music Education Research Online. He is honored to carry on the educational legacies of Vicki Baker, Kathleen Reynolds, Donna Emmanuel, Warren Henry, David Mairs, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, and his parents Keith and Donna Woolery.
Jesse Woolery is a proud member of the Denton, Texas community where he is a member of the Denton Kiwanis Club and serves on the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee of the Denton Community Health Clinic. He is extremely grateful to his wife, Libby Quigg, for her guidance and inspiration.
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