Jamie Kember balances his passion for music as performer, educator, and advocate. While studying in Boston, he performed on trombone regularly with such diverse groups as Bob Brookmeyer’s Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Callithumpian Consort, and Harvard’s Early Music Society. In Madison, Jamie can be heard with Grupo Candela, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and a group he helps lead, The Big Payback. The Big Payback gives Kember a compositional outlet, receiving a Madison Area Music Association Award for Best Jazz Song with his composition “Overture,” as well as a way to share his talents on stages and in schools across the Midwest. 

As a music educator, Kember has previously taught for UW’s Summer Music Clinic, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, and in 2007 was Associate Professor of Trombone at the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina, Brasil. Jamie currently teaches music theory and the history of pop/rock music at Madison College where he directs the Big Band and Jazz Combo. One of the highlights of his year is directing UW’s PEOPLE Program Jazz Ensemble, which he has been a part of for the past 6 summers.
Jamie advocates for music education on a statewide level working at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education. At the Center he promotes fundraising efforts and provides support for great programs like Launchpad. Jamie got his first taste of music advocacy working with NPR’s nationally syndicated radio show “From The Top.” Jamie holds a BM in Trombone Performance with a Music-in-Education Concentration from New England Conservatory of Music and a MM in Trombone Performance along with a certification in k-12 instrumental music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he currently serves on the School of Music Alumni Association Board.