Harper College

Kirby Fellis

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Jazz Ensemble Director


Kirby Fellis is a captivating Chicago based jazz trombonist, educator, arranger, and composer. He graduated from Michigan State University, and Northern Illinois University. Hailing from South Florida, Kirby has been working with award winning jazz ensembles for over a decade including positions in Florida, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana.

As a Trombonist, He has received awards from organizations such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Gold Coast Jazz Society, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, DePauw Jazz Festival. Chicago Jazz Festival, and Jack Rudin Jazz Festival. He has also worked with many award-winning individuals and ensembles such as Darius Rucker, Terrell Stafford, Kurt Elling, Nate Smith, The Tom Garling Jazz Orchestra, and the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra.

As a Jazz Educator, Kirby is a long-standing member of JEN (Jazz education Network, ITA (International Trombone Association), Birch Creek Music and CYSO (Chicago Youth Symphony Jazz Orchestra). Under the tutelage of distinguished jazz educators such as Rodney Whitaker, Reggie Thomas, and Christopher Dorsey. Kirby has become a versatile educator, through clinics, masterclasses, consultations, rehearsal prep, and adjudication. From over a decade of educational experience, Kirby has developed a sound teaching philosophy. Kirby was most recently the All-University Jazz Ensemble Director at Northern Illinois University.

Kirby serves as the Jazz Ensemble Director of Harper College.

Last Updated: 5/7/24