Music

Faculty

Aaron VandermeerAaron vandermeer, Trumpet         

Aaron  Vandermeer is the Director of Jazz Studies and Music Business at UNCP.   Trained at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of David Baker, he has diverse performing experience in jazz, funk, musical theater, R&B, and classical music.  He has performed with the David Baker Big Band, The Impalas, The Mustard Cats, The Dorsey Brothers Big Band, The Dynamics, Mojai, and others.   (see full bio)

 

Larry ArnoldLarry Arnold, Bass   

Larry Arnold is Professor of Music and Media Integration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Holding degrees in Composition from UW-Madison and the University of Iowa, Dr. Arnold teaches music theory, audio production, composition, jazz bass, and Media Integration Studies. He is much in demand as a performer with an average of 200 professional engagements each year as choir accompanist, and on bass, piano and guitar.  (see full bio)

 

Tracy ThomasTracy Thomas, Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Tracy Thomas joined the UNCP Music Faculty in 2010, specializing in Music Theatre/Commercial Music vocal instruction.  At UNCP, she directs the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and has served as the Music Director/Pianist for Little Shop, Chicago, and Godspell.  Her performing credits are extensive, with highlights including appearances at the White House, Kennedy Center, and on NPR.  (see full bio)

 

Derek DayDerek Day, Guitar   

Derek Day teaches guitar and courses in Jazz Studies at UNCP.  He has studied at SUNY-Buffalo where he received the Master of Music, Shenandoah Conservatory and University of Miami.  He recorded with a long list of artists, notably including Gary Thomas, Drew Gress, Clay Jenkins, and Frank Mantooth.  Additionally, he has performed with Red Rodney, Terell Stafford, and Tim Warfield Jr.  Derek is also an outstanding classical guitarist. (see full bio)

 

Dan DavisDan Davis, Drums

Dan Davis teaches drum set and courses in Jazz Studies at UNCP.  He holds a Master of Music degree from North Carolina Central University, and has studied with Harold Jones, Mark Ford, and others.  Dan has performed and recorded with notables, including Scott Sawyer, Ray Codrington, Jim Ketch, John Brown, and Dr. Steve Anderson, to name a few.  (see full bio)