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Jarrard Harris

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Assistant Professor of Practice


Jarrard Harris joins Purdue as an assistant professor of practice for bands and also has an appointment in the Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance.

A graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, the saxophonist and educator earned a master’s degree in jazz studies at DePaul University. He has been a member of jazz faculties at Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago, and the City Colleges of Chicago, in addition to serving as director of jazz studies with the Chicago Public Schools Advanced Arts Education Program at Gallery 37.

Harris maintains an active private teaching studio and serves as a director, clinician, guest artist, and adjudicator college and high school festivals. He has performed in the United States and abroad at a number of jazz festivals, and alongside numerous prominent jazz artists. Harris also performed at Chicago’s Goodman and Court theaters in the musicals Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Five Guys Named Moe. He was a founding board member of the Jazz Education Network and is a current board member at the Jazz Institute of Chicago.