John Davis
Dean, College of Music • Professor

Imig Music Building
Office S203A

John Davis is Dean of the College of Music since January 2021. Previously, he served as Senior Associate Dean of the college from 2012-2020. For more than 30 years, he has been an active clinician, performer and guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada.

Davis joined the University of Colorado Boulder faculty in 1999 as Director of Jazz Studies and has taught courses in jazz history, jazz administration and pedagogy, big band, combo, vocal jazz, jazz techniques and management and leadership. Under his direction, the jazz program was awarded 14 DownBeat magazine Student Music Awards, was recognized by the university chancellor as one of the university’s “core programs of excellence” and was the first named program on the CU Boulder campus when it became the Thompson Jazz Studies Program in 2013. Prior to his appointment at CU Boulder, Davis served as Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, where he also served as Festival Coordinator for the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival for six years.

For 15 years, Davis served on the summer faculty of the Birch Creek Music Academy in Door County, Wisconsin, and was a faculty member of the Texas All-Star Jazz Camp in Plano from 2009-2013. He served as Artistic Director for Jazz en Vercors, an eight-day festival held each summer in the Vercors Region of France. He also served as the Mountain Region Coordinator for the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and was Director of CU’s Mile High Jazz Camp for five years. Additionally, Davis served as President of the Colorado Unit of (IAJE) and was coordinator for the Colorado All State Jazz Bands from 2001-2003.

Davis has presented at numerous festivals and campuses, including the University of Kansas, University of Toronto, Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival, College of Music SUNY-Fredonia, the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE) Conference and the Colorado Music Educators Conference in Colorado Springs. He has also served as guest conductor for honor and all-state vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles in Wyoming, Colorado, Toronto, Indiana, Oklahoma and Kansas, among others. Further festival appearances and adjudications include the Winnipeg Optimists Jazz Festival, Optimists Music Festival in Regina, Saskatchewan, University of Kansas Jazz Festival, University of Mary Jazz Festival, Northwest Jazz Festival, Skyline Jazz Festival in Colorado and many others. Additionally, Davis served as trumpet faculty for the SAYOWE project in Thailand, performing with the faculty brass quintet and conducting master classes.

Professor Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Performance from Metropolitan State College; a Master of Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Denver; a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University; and a Doctor of Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy with a secondary emphasis in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. The second edition of the Jazz Volume for the Historical Dictionary for Literature and the Arts, written by Davis, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2020.