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Steele, Terry (1974 - )



  • Existence: 1974 -


Terry Steele joined the SRU music faculty in 1975, teaching the woodwind instruments, intro classes and directing the jazz ensemble. Throughout his tenure, he also taught music theory, music history and chamber music. In 1997, he started student jazz combos at SRU, giving depth to the outstanding jazz program. Under Mr. Steele's direction, the SRU Jazz Ensemble performed hundreds of concerts, including a ten day, seven concert tour of the former Soviet Union. The ensemble regularly hosted and performed with legendary jazz musicians, including J.J. Johnson, Stanley Turrentine, Paquito D'Rivera, Billy Taylor, John Scofield, David Liebman, Kenny Burrell and many others. Mr. Steele served three terms as the PA state president of the International Association for Jazz Education.

He retired from SRU in 2007 and remains busy as a freelance musician, performing in different venues in the region. As the principal saxophonist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Steele has performed on one U.S. and two European tours.


Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Blase Scarnati Collection

Identifier: 10-1-C-16
Scope and Contents This collection consists of materials collected and created by Blase Scarnati from his start teaching at Slippery Rock State College in 1964 to his retiring from leading the Muscian's Concert Band in 2005.Item types include large scrapbooks from each year Scarnati conducted the marching band which were put together each year by his wife Mary Scarnati. A large portion of the collection is records and recordings of the Musician's Concert Band from it's inception in 1986 until 2005....
Dates: 1964 - 2005

ROCKvoices: The Oral History Project of Slippery Rock University

Identifier: 120-15
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of interviews with current and former SRU faculty, staff, presidents, and alumni.

Dates: 2008 - 2022