Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

Rocky Winslow, MM

Professor
Director of Jazz Ensemble; Jazz Studies

Rocky Winslow has been the director of jazz studies at California State University, Chico since 2002. Winslow received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in jazz studies from University of North Texas. In addition to his experiences as a professor, Winslow is also a professional trumpet Yamaha artist and clinician, appearing regularly at high schools and universities around the country. He has served as the all-state guest conductor and a trumpet clinician for music education associations in Texas, Nevada, California, Arkansas, Hawaii, Australia, Japan, and Scotland. As a performer, Winslow has shared the stage, recorded, and toured with artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Tony Bennett, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Falcone Orchestra, Chaka Khan, Peabo Bryson, The Temptations, Don Menza Big Band, Natalie Cole, Drew Carey, Paul Anka, The Four Tops, Bob Newhart, Frankie Valli, and many others.

Winslow received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Jazz Studies from the University Of North Texas and can be heard on five One O’Clock Lab Band CDs. In 1991, after North Texas, Winslow began his career as a professor at the University Of Nevada Las Vegas, before his eventual move to CSU Chico. In addition to his experiences as a Professor, Winslow is also a professional trumpet artist and clinician with Yamaha, appearing regularly at high schools and universities around the country. He has served as the all-state guest conductor and a trumpet clinician for Music Education Associations in Texas, Nevada, California, Arkansas, Hawaii, Australia, Japan, UK, and Scotland.

As a performer, Winslow has shared the stage, recorded, and toured with artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Tony Bennett, Jimmy Heath, Chaka Khan, Peabo Bryson, The Temptations, Don Menza Big Band, Natalie Cole, Drew Carey, Paul Anka, The Four Tops, Bob Newhart, Frankie Valli, and many others. Two of Winslow’s CD recordings, both on Troppe Note Records, Simple Complications, and Out of the Blue, feature many of his original compositions and boast some terrific players including Eddie Gomez, Stefan Karlsson, Tom Warrington, and Elliot Zigmund.

Portrait of Rocky Winslow, MM
Course Instruction
  • MUSC 276: Jazz Theory & Improvisation
  • MUSC 294: History of Rock Music
  • MUSC 411G: Jazz Ensemble I- Music Performance Groups
  • MUSC 411J: Jazz Ensemble II- Music Performance Groups
  • MUSC 412K: Mixed Ensemble- Music Performance Groups
  • MUSC 293: History of Jazz