Project Description

Benefits of Attending PJS 

Our primary purpose at Portland Jazz School is to help you enhance your strengths and accelerate your development as a musician. Students will experience:

  1. Live Performances
  2. Creative Expression
  3. Teamwork
  4. FUN
  5. Personal Development
  6. Trust
  7. Positive Encouragement
  8. Time Management Skills
  9. Emotional Connection


DEREK SIMSCourse Instructor
Derek Sims is an in-demand trumpeter in both the jazz and classical Portland music scene. Derek graduated with honors from The University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Music degree. While at Michigan, he studied with the great Armando Ghitalla (Boston Symphony), and Charles Daval (Montreal, Seattle Symphonies). After college, Derek went to play with Princess Cruise Lines, and toured over 40 countries around the world for 2 years.
Derek has had the privilege of performing with such artists as Benny Golson, Freda Payne, Danilo Perez, Gerald Wilson, Arturo Sandoval, Bob Mintzer, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Faddis, Ingrid Jensen, Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Bobby Watson, Pancho Sanchez, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Ron Miles, Martha Reeves, and many others. Currently he performs with the Mel Brown Septet, and co-leads the Brown/Sims Big Band. He has also performed with many different groups in the Portland area including: Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band, The Oregon Symphony, Columbia Symphony, Big Horn Brass, Alan Jones Sextet, Bobby Torres Ensemble, Soul Vaccination, Linda Hornbuckle, Pepe and the Bottle Blondes, Pink Martini, and Dahlia.

Portland Jazz School

Become Part of Derek’s Portland Jazz School to Further Your Jazz Improvisation Skills.