Doug Leibinger, Jazz Program Director

leibinger.jpgRecording horn sections for P. Diddy and working on soundtracks for movies is only a small part of what Doug Leibinger does.

He is a musician, a composer, an educator, and the director of Sonoma State University's Jazz Program.

A multitalented artist, Leibinger holds three degrees in jazz performance from the University of Miami. Though primarily a trombonist, he also performs professionally on bass, guitar, keyboards, baritone saxophone, and sometimes, accordion.

Leibinger's musical career has certainly had its share of star-studded moments, from his stint as a trombone soloist for the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band--which led to a Grammy nomination in 2004 for his work on Maria Schneider's Three Romances--to his tour of South America and the Caribbean with Sony pop artist Chayanne.

He has recorded a horn section for P. Diddy's album, The Saga Continues, and performed with Jimmy Buffett and Iko Iko on the track "Flying Purple People Eater" for the 1997 film, Contact, starring Jodie Foster. He has performed with Jerry Lewis, Randy Brecker, Jim Belushi, Peter Cetera, and The Drifters--just to name a few.

Leibinger even arranged the theme "Futbol Café" for Columbia's national soccer team.

m_b5406efe618e0d331ed29256cc3ff6e0.jpgNowadays, Leibinger can be found at SSU's Green Music Center, coordinating the jazz program and teaching most of its core classes, including jazz theory, jazz improvisation, jazz composition, and jazz arranging. He also directs the 19-piece Jazz Orchestra and coaches the Concert Jazz Ensembles.

Recently, Leibinger was added to the roster of arrangers for Walrus Music, one of the top publishers of big band music, and four of his compositions for large jazz ensemble are now available for purchase online.

This month, Leibinger takes his directing talents to the stage with two scheduled concerts. "Modern Jazz Big and Small: Contemporary Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra" which packs two flavors of jazz--combo and big band--into one dynamic program, taking place Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Warren Auditorium. "Swing Meets Salsa: Classic Jazz Ensemble and Latin Band" debuts Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Warren Auditorium, with Leibinger and Bob Afifi directing.

For more information on Leibinger and the SSU Jazz Program, visit the School
of Performing Arts website at

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