MEET PAUL GIESS
Paul Giess is a versatile trumpet player, composer, and educator from Philadelphia, PA. Paul earned a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Music Degree, cum laude, from James Madison University. While a student, Paul had the pleasure of studying with talented educators including Matt Gallagher, Jim Kluesner, Paul Neebe, John D’Earth, Chris Carillo, Joe Magnarelli, Brian Shaw, Ralph Alessi Bill Grimes, and Willis Delony. Paul released his debut jazz album "U Suite U" in February of 2015.
Paul is currently active in multiple ensembles in the Philadelphia area including Outside Sound, Bitters and Rye Jazz Band, The Abstract Truth, Dr. B's Groove, The Boheme Big Band and The Sofa Kings. He also leads his own ensemble, The Paul Giess Group. Paul is also currently employed at The Center for Creative Works in Wynnewood where he runs a music program for adults with disabilities. Paul teaches trumpet, theory and beginning piano at the Meridee Winter's School of Music and Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz. At the Clef Club Paul also serves as an Education Consultant to the Artistic Director, Lovett Hines. Since graduating Paul has been involved with a variety of projects. In January of 2015 he traveled to New Orleans Louisiana to be the musical director for an original theater work, “AMERICANA”. In December of 2015 Paul was the trumpet player in the critically acclaimed performance of the musical Black Nativity, which was hosted by Theater Horizon in Norristown. Black Nativity won a Barrymore award for Best Musical Ensemble. Paul is also excited to announce that his composition "Prayer for Mimi" will be included in the Philadelphia Real Book, which will be published in the spring of 2017.
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