Prince Wells joined the SIUE faculty in 1989, and was appointed Assistant Professor in 1996. Presently serving as Director of the Music Business Program, he also teaches freshman Music Theory, Introduction to Music History and Literature, and has taught such diverse courses as Foundations of Music, Jazz History, Black Music in America, as well as developing and co-teaching Music:Art and Science (an interdisciplinary course which examines music as both an art and a science).
Mr. Wells received his baccalaureate degree in Music Education from SIUE and completed his master's degree in Afro-American Music and Trumpet at the New England Conservatory of Music. He also studied trumpet with noted instructor Carmine Caruso, as well as Gary Smith of the St. Louis Symphony. Under the tutelage of the internationally known composer and theorist George Russell, Wells earned certification in the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, and currently holds the distinction of being one of only three individuals in the United States with that certification. He has conducted numerous workshops, lectures, and demonstrations on the Lydian Chromatic Concept and related topics.
Mr. Wells is well known in the St. Louis area as a jazz trumpeter. He is currently director of the Jazz Edge Big Band, and has directed the Black Music Society's Jazz Repertory Ensemble, Grand Center Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Band of St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, the Black Music Society's Jazz Lab Band, and has been the manager and trumpeter for a brass quintet named Brass Alive!. He has also played as member and soloist for numerous jazz ensembles of prestige in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He is founder and President of the Black Music Society of Missouri and is affiliated with a number of arts organizations including the Mid-America Arts Alliance, Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, and the Missouri Performing Traditions Advisory Council.