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Peter Francis

Pete Francis is a Miami-based trumpeter and faculty member of New World School of the Arts and Miami Dade College. He has performed in over a dozen countries and made his living performing in Miami for over 20 years, backing up artists from Celia Cruz to the Manhattan Transfer. Pete is also the director of the Miami Big Sound Orchestra, downtown Miami's resident professional contemporary Latin Jazz big band.

The Miami Big Sound Orchestra is a project formed in 2006 at MDC's Wolfson campus as a collaboration of like-minded musicians from Miami's jazz and Latin music communities. This 18-piece powerhouse group is comprised of veteran Miami musicians who have performed and toured with the likes of Jon Secada, Chayanne, Ray Ruiz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tito Nieves, Chaka Khan, and the Funk Brothers among many other artists.

The band performs Rumba, Guaguanco, Joropo, Son, Songo, Afro-Guiro, Boogaloo, Samba, contemporary jazz and Soul; including originals written specifically for the group by composers such as Grammy Award-winning producer Chino Nunez, Jaui Schneider (pianist/composer for Ray Barretto), and legendary Miami bassist/composer Rafael "Cali" Valencia.


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DMA, Trumpet Performance. University of Miami, 2005. Music Professor at New World School of the Arts and Miami Dade College, Miami FL. Courses taught: Trumpet (Jazz, Classical). Students have received scholarships to the University of Miami, University of Northern Illinois, University of Northern Florida, Florida International University, and the New School (Manhattan). Introduction to Jazz Keyboard Harmony, Big Band (college and secondary), Introductory Theory, History of Jazz (Barry University). Mr. Francis has been the Trumpet Professor at New World School of the Arts since 2003 and at Miami Dade College since 2004. Interim High School Jazz Band Director at New World School of the Arts, ensemble won Third place nationally in the 2012 Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival. Was Jazz Teaching Assistant at the University of Miami while pursuing Doctoral degree in Trumpet Performance. NFAA Young Arts Brass panelist. Available for private lessons, please email [email protected] for times and rates.

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