Brett Stamps has been the Director of Jazz Activities at SIUE since the formation of the Jazz Degree Program in 1982. He obtained his BA in Music from the College of William and Mary in 1970, MM in Studio Music and Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami in 1975, and is ABD in Music Theory from the University of Miami. He currently holds the rank of Professor of Music.
Brett has performed and composed professionally for the US Army Field Band's Jazz Ambassadors, the Stan Kenton Orchestra, the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, and various ensembles in the St. Louis metropolitan area including the Cornet Chop Suey, the Fox Theater Orchestra, the MUNY Orchestra, Legacy, the Brett Stamps Trio, the St. Louis Rivermen, the Tom Widner Big Band, The Gary Dammer Big Band, and Galaxy.
He directs various SIUE ensembles, including the Concert Jazz Band, and teaches jazz improvisation, jazz arranging, jazz brass, jazz education, and jazz history. He has directed both the Missouri and Illinois Honors All-State Jazz Bands, and remains active nationally as a clinician/clinician/arranger.