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Douglas Drewek

Adjunct Music Instructor (Saxophone)

Mitchell Fine Arts 113
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797

Phone: (859) 233-8141
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“It’s my job as a teacher to motivate and inspire creativity in my students.”

With 16 years of teaching and performing experience with legends like Aretha Franklin, Drewek makes the unique craft of improvisation look easy. He’s made the most of his career as a saxophonist with more than 15 professional recordings, including three Grammy recommended pieces: Self Contained and Go! with the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble and Commission Impossible with the Osland Saxophone Quartet. He’s more than a teacher—he’s an artist passionate about his work.

In the classroom Drewek imparts this passion to his students. “I challenge students to listen and play in different ways,” he says. He preaches consistent practice as the key to gaining flexibility and control of their instrument. But success isn’t up to students alone. “It’s my job as a teacher to motivate and inspire creativity in my students.”

For Drewek, that starts with catering to the unique needs of each student. It’s not just about learning the music—it’s about helping students achieve their personal goals. “I try to meet their specific needs based on their motivations, the requirements of their specific program, and the demands they may face as a professional artist or educator.” He sees the big picture and holistically equips students with real-world advice.

Drewek is on the cutting edge of what’s happening in the music industry. Just check out his Facebook and Twitter pages. They’re packed with postings of summer programs, workshops, local performances, and tips. As a professor, he has the experience to back up his techniques. Drewek has played with a variety of groups and orchestras, including the Temptations, the Lexington Philharmonic, and the DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra. In 1996 he toured northern England with the Leon Jordan Continentals.

Whether students are hoping for a career in teaching or performance—or whether they play for the sheer love of it, Drewek believes music enhances a well-rounded liberal arts education. He doesn’t just teach how to be an educator or performer. He teaches you to be the educator or performer you want to be. Transylvania’s saxophonists will be in good hands.

Photo courtesy of Scott Chmelar


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Academic history

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Awards

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Academic history

  • D.M.A., Saxophone Performance, University of Kentucky, 2009
  • M.M., Performance, East Carolina University, 2003
  • B.M., Saxophone Performance, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 1999

Courses taught

  • Saxophone

Areas of research

  • Jazz improvisation
  • Sonny Rollins
  • Saxophone history and restoration

Recent publications

  • It Could Happen to You: A Study of the First Unaccompanied Solo Improvisation by Theodore Walter “Sonny” Rollins

Performance opportunities

  • The North Carolina Symphony
  • The North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra
  • The Lexington Philharmonic
  • The DiMartino—Osland Jazz Orchestra
  • Osland Saxophone Quartet
  • Little Anthony and the Imperials
  • The Temptations
  • Aretha Franklin
  • The Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra
  • Atlantic Coast Jazz Orchestra
  • The U.S. Air Jazz Orchestra with Ben E. King
  • Carnivalito
  • The Payback
  • Club Dub

Awards

  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Grant for Jazz Improvisation Class at the Central Music Academy, Lexington, Ky., 2012
  • Go! (recommended for a Grammy nomination in 2009 by Sea Breeze Records), The University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble under
    the direction of John Cody Birdwell and Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Miles Osland with special guest Bob Mintzer
  • Self Contained (recommended for a Grammy nomination in 2004 by Sea Breeze Records), The University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Miles Osland
  • Elmhurst Jazz Festival, Outstanding Soloist and Outstanding Combo, Megasax Saxophone Quartet, 2004

Professional memberships

  • North American Saxophone Alliance
  • College Music Society

Additional information

 


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