Saxophonist, Composer, and Arranger Stephen Guerra currently resides in Miami, FL where he continues coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Composition under Gary Lindsay at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. In addition to his studies, Stephen also teaches courses in jazz arranging, directs small ensembles and has co-directed the award-winning Studio Jazz Band. He is also a member of the Clark Terry Big Band, of which he also serves as the staff arranger. He is the former music director of the Greater Manchester Youth Jazz Orchestra and the New Hampshire Jazz Orchestra.
Stephen received a Masters of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Media: Writing Skills from the Eastman School of Music, a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the University of New Hampshire in, and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from the Clark Terry Institute of Jazz Studies at Westmar University.
Highly in demand as a composer and arranger, Stephen's music have been performed by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra (featuring Bruce Hornsby and Friends), the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra, the New Hampshire Jazz Ensemble, the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, Eastman's New Jazz Ensemble, Eastman's Studio Orchestra, Clark Terry Institute Big Band and The UNH Jazz Ensemble. He has written charts for or performed with numerous jazz artists including Clark Terry, Al Grey, Phil Woods, Milt Grayson, Snooky Young, Marshall Royal, Frank Wess, and Branford Marsalis, among others.