Alumnus: JEFF OSTROSKI, 2006
DEGREE: Bachelor of Music Performance
JAZZ FOCUS: Trumpet
LIFE AFTER LAWRENCE:
- 2006-2008 MM Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media in Performance, Eastman School of Music
- 2006-2009 Trumpet, Geva Theatre, Rochester, NY
- 2009-2010 Lead Trumpet, Royal Caribbean Cruises
- 2011-present Trumpet, JERSEY BOYS 2nd National Tour
Jeff Ostroski holds degrees from Lawrence University (BM, 2006) studying with John Daniel, and The Eastman School of Music (MM, 2008) where he studied with Clay Jenkins. Jeff played lead trumpet in the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Fred Sturm from 2002-2006, which won the Downbeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Performance by a University Big Band during his senior year. He then went on to play lead trumpet in the Eastman Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Professor Bill Dobbins from 2006 to 2008.
After graduating, Jeff began work at the Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY on productions of CABARET, SWEENEY TODD, and THE MUSIC MAN. During that time he also freelanced with many acclaimed artists including Harold Danko, Bill Dobbins, Rich Thompson, José Encarnación, Randy Brecker, Gap Mangione, Tito Allen, Frankie Vasquez, Lou Christie, Bobby Rydell, and more. Broadway credits include subbing on CATCH ME IF YOU CAN and FOLLIES. Jeff is currently playing on the Broadway tour of JERSEY BOYS, and is also a Cannonball Musical Instruments Performing Artist.
On a more personal note, I would like to say that my education at Lawrence was instrumental in preparing me for the career of being a professional musician. The opportunity to have played in orchestral, symphonic, and jazz settings under the direction of such talented and dedicated faculty has made the transition from student to working musician very manageable, and with few surprises. I am truly forever in debt to the teachings and musicianship of Fred Sturm and John Daniel, both of whom still answer every and any communication we have together. They have inspired me to become an eternal student, which to me is the "Lawrence Difference."