Stephen Guerra Jr., D.M.A. ’16, is a jazz composition lecturer at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is the conductor of the Frost Studio Jazz Band, winners of DownBeat student awards in 2010, 2011, and 2015. He also serves as the managing director of the Henry Mancini Institute. Guerra earned a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in saxophone performance, an M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and a D.M.A. in jazz composition from the Frost School of Music.
Guerra has been commissioned to write music for Dave Koz, Ben Folds with the National Symphony Orchestra, Carmen Bradford, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, the Air Force Band of the West, and many others. He served as a composer-in-residence through the Commission Project and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Guerra has performed alongside jazz greats including Phil Woods, Al Grey, Snooky Young, Marshall Royal, Jon Faddis, and Jeff “Tain” Watts. He was a featured saxophone soloist on the Clark Terry & The Young Titans of Jazz release Live at Marihan’s, and the Louie Bellson Big Band release Louie and Clark Expedition 2. Guerra served as the musical director and staff arranger for the Clark Terry Big Band from 2003 to 2014. The Stephen Guerra Big Band released a critically acclaimed album in 2009 entitled Namesake.