Dr. Douglas Snapp serves as the Director of Jazz Studies, and teaches courses in Brass and Music Industry. In addition to his position at MSU, Snapp serves as the Executive Director of the JazzMN arts organization, and Artistic Director of the JazzMN Orchestra, a professional jazz orchestra based in Minneapolis (www.jazzmn.org).
Dr. Snapp regularly appears throughout the Midwest as a guest artist and clinician. He has had the privilege to share the stage with over 50 nationally recognized jazz artists such as Dave Brubeck, Arturo Sandoval, Phil Woods, Dave Weckl, and Mike Stern. Snapp received a McKnight "Emerging Artist" grant in 2008 and received Downbeat magazine awards in the Big Band, Combo, and Vocal Jazz categories. In the classical area, Snapp played principal trumpet in the Mankato Symphony for 20 years, and continues to perform in the Minnesota Valley Brass Quintet.
Dr. Snapp served as president of the Minnesota chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE), and more recently, served on the steering committee that formed the Jazz Education Network (JEN).
Snapp's other area of expertise is Music Technology. He formerly served on the SmartMusic software development team at Make Music, Inc., and has presented music technology workshops throughout the Midwest. Snapp continues his relationship with Make Music contributing to educational components of SmartMusic jazz titles released each year.
Dr. Snapp received his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado, where he also served as Assistant Director of Jazz Studies. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Texas, where he had the priviledge to perform in the prestigious One o’ Clock Lab Band and UNT Jazz Singers, and direct one of the jazz lab bands.
Dr. Snapp currently directs the jazz bands, jazz combos, and vocal jazz ensembles in addition to teaching trumpet, jazz pedagogy, brass methods, and music technology at MSU.