Sean Nelson

Sean Nelson

Adjunct Instructor of Music

Joined Connecticut College: 2016

B.A., Sam Houston State University
M.A., University of North Texas



Sean Nelson plays trombone in the U.S. Coast Guard Band and the U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band. In addition, he is staff arranger for the concert band and music director and lead trombonist for the Guardians Big Band.

As an arranger and composer, Sean won the National Band Association Young Composers Jazz Composition Contest and is a two-time winner of Downbeat Magazine’s Student Jazz Arranging Contest. He attended the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, where he studied with Jim McNeely and Mike Holober. He currently works as the arranger for Sam Houston State University's Bearkat Marching Band, writing new shows each season.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Sean received a bachelor's degree in music from Sam Houston State University, studying trombone with Henry Howey, and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, studying trombone with Tony Baker and jazz arranging with Paris Rutherford and Rich DeRosa. While at North Texas, he was trombonist and composer for the world renowned One O’Clock Lab Band and sang with the Jazz Singers I. Sean's trombone quartet won the International Trombone Association Quartet Contest, and he was honorable mention in the ITA's Frank Smith Solo Competition. He spent his summers and winter breaks playing in bands on cruise ships for Princess Cruises and Cunard Cruises.

Sean plays lead trombone with the Hartford Jazz Orchestra, as well as being the music director for the Groton community swing band, “As Time Goes By.” He lives in Quaker Hill, Connecticut, with his wife, Megan, and daughter, Lucinda.

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Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320