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Dr. Isrea Butler has obtained multiple degrees in trombone performance from the Eastman School of Music (BM and MM) and Rutgers University (DMA). His teachers include Dr. John Marcellus, Ralph Sauer, George Roberts, Tom Ervin, Clay Jenkins, Bruce Paulson, Michael Powell, and Weston Sprott.   

 As well as being a founding member of the Gateways Brass Collective, he is the lead trombonist of the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra and has performed with many of NYC’s top jazz ensembles. In addition to orchestras and jazz ensembles, he has played trombone and tuba for eight NYC Broadway productions. Currently, he is the Director of the School of Music at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, prior to this appointment he was the Music Department Head at Valdosta State University, Music Department Chair at North Carolina Central University, and Professor of Trombone from 2017-2021. He served as the Director of Bands and music program coordinator at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Director of Jazz Studies and Low Brass at the University of Mary. 

Dr. Butler was also the Visiting Assistant Professor of Trombone at Jackson State University where he taught trombone, conducted the University Brass Ensemble, and Jazz Combo, and taught Graduate Music History. He has also taught at the Eastman School of Music, Juilliard School of Music MAP, and Rutgers University. His students have gone on to perform, teach, and study at graduate schools such as Indiana University, Berklee, UNI, Rutgers, Eastman, University of Memphis, Towson University,  Montclair State, and University of Mary. 

As a conductor, Dr. Butler has been the conductor of the 369th 

 Harlem Hellfighters WWI Experience band, UMES Wind Ensemble, HBCU Trombone Choir, Associate Conductor Brighton Symphony, and Eastman Trombone Choir and Brass Guild. He studied conducting with Dr. Jeff Jordan, Brad Lubman, Dr. William Weinert, Dr. Mark Scatterday, and Kynan Johns. While in NYC, he was a frequent performer on numerous Broadway shows and many other prestigious musical performances. He has toured, recorded, and performed with many of the country’s leading jazz orchestras including Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Mingus Big Band, Glenn Miller, Birdland Big Band, Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, and the Jimmy Heath Orchestra. Also, at home playing classical music he has performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Gateways Music Festival Orchestra, and the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra. Dr. Butler is a Conn-Selmer clinician and performing artist.

2024 Count Basie Orchestra

mar 27
Cuyahoga Community College Metropolitan Campus
Mar 28
Cuyahoga Community College Metropolitan Campus
may 12
Lewis Auditorium Flagler College
jun 21
The Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN
jun 22

Elkhart Jazz Festival, Elkhart, Indiana

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Isrea Butler, Doug Lawrence, Dave Loeb, Steve Flora, and Bob Chmel

Basie Swings The Blues

The Count Basie Orchestra


Tommy Igoe & the Birdland Big Band

Thoughts on God

Eric Person


Please preview a selection of videos performed by Dr. Isrea Butler and the Gateways Brass Collective band.

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HBCU NDBC All Star Concert Band

Dr. Isrea Butler – 2015

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Corea Spain

Gateways Music Festival – 2023

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Gateways Music Festival – 2023


Please take a listen to various podcasts and interviews of Dr. Isrea Butler speaking to topics on music and culture. 

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It Takes a Village

Redefining Stereotypes and Creating Opportunity out of Necessity
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Conversations With Dr. Thunder

Dr. Isrea Butler On His Teaching Career
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Musical Moments

With the HBCU Collective: Ep. 9 – Dr. Isrea Butler
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Colour of Music Orchestra

Dr. Isrea Butler Lend Talents to the Colour of Music Orchestra


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