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Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra

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Brent Wallarab

Since 1991, Brent Wallarab has served as Specialist in Jazz for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. During this time he has transcribed, edited, and restored nearly 300 works for big band deemed by the Smithsonian as national treasures. Wallarab also performs as lead and solo trombonist for the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the jazz ensemble-in-residence of the National Museum of American History, a position he has held since the inception of the orchestra in 1991.

Wallarab is an internationally recognized arranger, composer, scholar, and performer, having recently toured Northern Italy and South Africa, conducting master classes, workshops, and performances.

As an arranger, Wallarab is featured on dozens of recordings and has had written for many artists including Wynton Marsalis, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Bobby Short, The New York Pops Orchestra, The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Charlie Haden, Med Flory, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, and many others. He is widely published and many of his works are performed regularly by professional big bands and University music programs worldwide.

In 1994, Wallarab, along with Mark Buselli, founded the Buselli–Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, a professional jazz ensemble based in Indianapolis, Indiana, dedicated to the creation of new works for jazz orchestra and developing programs for jazz education.

Wallarab currently teaches jazz ensemble and jazz arranging at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and is sponsored as an endorsing performing artist by King Trombones, a subsidiary of Conn-Selmer, Inc…

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