Greg Bush

Greg teaches Jazz Arranging, Jazz Composition, and Trumpet. He is also the director of the VIU Jazz Ensemble.

Originally from Montreal, Greg holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University and a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from McGill University. Prior to coming to Nanaimo and Vancouver Island University, Greg was Director of Jazz Studies at Abilene University in Texas. He has also been a member of the music faculties at McMaster University and Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, and Red Deer College in Red Deer, Alberta.

In addition to his broad teaching experience Greg has also enjoyed a career as a busy freelance jazz trumpet player, arranger, and composer. As a sideman, he's had the good fortune of playing in big bands and orchestras that have accompanied such artists as Big Miller, Paul Horn, Bobby Shew, Lee Konitz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bob Brookmeyer. As the leader of his own big band and quintet Greg has performed his original compositions in jazz clubs, concert halls, and many jazz festivals across Canada.

He has also performed in various venues in Australia, the Fiji Islands, Germany, and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. In 2001 Greg released his first CD entitled Cause and Effect, which features his original music. Tracks are available on CD Baby and iTunes and proceeds from purchases go to support VIU trumpet students.

Locally, Greg is the music director of the Georgia Straight Big Band and performs regularly with the Arrowsmith Big Band. In addition to some musical theatre pit work, Greg occasionally performs with his own small groups.

As a teacher, Greg is committed to sharing his love and knowledge of music and jazz with young people. To quote the great jazz drummer Art Blakey, "Yes sir, I'm going to stay with the youngsters - it keeps the mind active."

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Video - Greg Bush on memorable learning in the Jazz Ensemble