Jazz Combos

The jazz studies program offers several jazz combos. Membership is open to any currently-enrolled student at UT Arlington, regardless of major. In these small groups, students are able to work on interaction and improvisation in an intimate setting. With a blend of classic small group repertoire, jazz standards, and student compositions and arrangements, these groups are the cornerstone of students' training in jazz studies. In addition to performing at the Late Night Jazz Sampler each semester, the jazz combos often perform at on-campus events, local and regional functions, the Fort Worth Jazz by the Boulevard Festival, and much more. The jazz combos are directed by the jazz faculty and jazz graduate teaching assistants.


Pete Clagett, M.M. University of North Texas

Department of Music


Area: Jazz Studies, Trumpet

Pete Clagett

Email: peter.clagett@uta.edu

Office: FA 367A

Bio: As a trumpet player, he has performed, toured, and recorded with a wide variety of jazz musicians and pop artists. He was a member of Bob Belden's acclaimed experimental jazz group, Animation, which recorded and performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Following a groundbreaking tour to Iran in 2015, the group garnered press in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and the Boston Herald. In the DFW area, he is a sought after soloist and recording musician and maintains a busy career as a freelance performer. He has held trumpet clinics throughout DFW, performed at International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE,) the Jazz Education Network (JEN,) and also teaches privately in his studio. Mr. Clagett holds degrees from the University of Miami (Coral Gables) (B.M.) in studio music and jazz and the University of North Texas (M.M.) in jazz studies.