Craig Tweddell

Trumpeter - Composer - Educator


Throughout my undergraduate and graduate degrees I was able to gain a lot of experience directing big bands and coaching jazz combos, teaching ensemble playing and improvisation to both high school and college aged students.  At UofL I was fortunate enough to be involved with the “Jazz In Schools” program.  “Jazz In Schools” traveled to different Louisville elementary and/or middle schools each week to perform and teach jazz music.  In addition to doing clinics and directing ensembles I have also been teaching trumpet privately since 2002.  In 2006 I moved to Louisville and  have been the trumpet instructor at the Don Wilson Music store since.  There I’ve taught students of all levels from age 6 to 60.  In addition to teaching trumpet, I am also  the co-director of the Don Wilson Music Jazz Academy.   I have been fortunate enough to  direct numerous high school/middle school  jazz bands, marching bands and trumpet sectionals in the greater Louisville area.  Some of the schools I’ve worked with include Eastern High School, Ballard High School, Butler High School, Paul G. Blazer High School, Western Middle, Spencer Co. Middle, Field Elementary, and MANY more.  Most recently, in 2009, I joined the trumpet faculty of the prestigious Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops where I teach trumpet masterclasses and direct student combos.


Trumpet lessons with Craig have been the best move for my son. He was floundering in his once a week school band class and wanted to quit. After a few lessons, his excitement for his instrument has returned.  Craig’s high expectations and engaging lessons have made the learning fun and meaningful.

- Ken Moeller: Principal at Doss High School

Newspaper article on “Jazz In Schools” Program

To contact me for lessons, clinics or anything else

Teaching some of my students at Don Wilson

The 2009 Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop Trumpet Faculty

L to R: Ansyn Banks, Pat Harbison, Steve Thomas, Jim Ketch, Jim Rotondi, Me

Directing the trumpet combo at 2011 Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop