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Drew Zaremba

Drew Zaremba is quickly earning a worldwide reputation as a passionate conductor, award-winning writer, and fiery performer. As a writer, he has composed and arranged pieces for Wycliffe Gordon, Chuck Findley, Eddie Gomez, Stefan Karlsson, Brad Leali, and Erin Dickins of the Manhattan Transfer. He has published music through Sierra, and has recorded twenty of his pieces with the University of North Texas One and Two O’Clock Lab Bands. Drew enjoys a career of writing commissions for specific ensembles, with one of his works being premiered in Leiden, The Netherlands, another in Tokyo, Japan. His original compositions “Race to the Finish” and “Blues for Gabe” have won awards through the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers award and the JEN student composers showcase, respectively. As a performer and composer, Drew participated in the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in 2013. In 2015, Drew was awarded 1st prize of $10,000 in the Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Award at the UNT for his premier concert with his orchestra, the Unity Orchestra, which featured Eddie Gomez.

Drew recently graduated from UNT with is master’s degree in jazz arranging and composition, where he played tenor and lead alto with the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band, recorded on six One and Two O’ Clock Lab Band albums, directed the Four O’Clock Lab Band, and served as Rich DeRosa’s teaching fellow for the arranging program and continues to teach in Rich’s absence at UNT. While at UNT, he had the privilege to perform and work with Bobby McFerrin, John Clayton, Chuck Findley, Mike Clark, Carol Welsman, Walt Weiskopf, and Billy Harper. As a bandleader, Drew assembled The Jazz Fellowship his senior year, mixing some of the best students and faculty into one big band to play and record his compositions. They continue to perform in the DFW area today.

Teaching is a fundamental part of being a jazz musician today, and Drew is happy to be in demand as a clinician and guest artist. He was given the title of visiting professor for his work at the Contemporary Music Institute in Zhuhai, China. Additionally, he has given clinics and guest artist performances in Brussels, London, and in colleges in the States, including Sam Houston State, University of Oklahoma, and UT Tyler.

The “Unity Orchestra” is Drew’s biggest project; a 50-member ensemble that features the best jazz and classical players in the DFW region. Drew serves as the artistic director; he conducts the ensemble and writes the majority of the compositions and arrangements. Their first concert in February 2015 featured the great bass player Eddie Gomez, and their collaboration proved to be a great success. Without an evident leader in the jazz orchestral realm, Drew’s goal is to make The Unity Orchestra the premiere jazz orchestra in the United States.

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