Craig Stephens : Trumpet / Trombone / French Horn

All Beginning Instruments / Intermediate and Advanced Brass

Mr. Stephens has been a band director in Georgia for the past twenty years teaching in Fulton, DeKalb and Barrow counties. During that time, he has taught on the elementary, middle school, high school, and collegiate levels.

Mr. Stephens was the founder and executive director of the Atlanta Youth Jazz Orchestra for 5 years. He has been performing professionally for over 30 years. He toured the United States and Japan as a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and has appeared with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Natalie Cole, Max Roach, Dr. John, The Four Tops, Temptations, Yanni, Mary Wilson, Drifters, Columbus Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Macon Civic Chorale, Michael O'Neal Singers, the Atlanta Lyric Opera and shows throughout the Southeast.

In 1992, Mr. Stephens was a guest artist at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals in the Netherlands and Switzerland. In 1991, Mr. Stephens was one of four artists to compete in the International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz competition and has served as a contributor to the International Trumpet Guild’s Journal. Mr. Stephens has served in the Georgia Music Educators Association and Georgia Association of Jazz Educators.

Mr. Stephens enjoys teaching privately and strives for the success of each student in his studio. Mr. Stephens teaches all beginning instruments and intermediate to advanced brass. He had served on adjunct faculty at Gainesville State College and Truett McConnell College. Many of his students regularly participate in Governor’s Honors, All-State, and District Honor Band.

Mr. Stephens holds a bachelors from Georgia State University in Orchestral Performance and Education, Master of Science in Educational Technology, and Educational Specialist in Curriculum Design and Management Summa Cum Laude from Nova Southeastern University.