Shawn Williams is a jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator. Shawn is an Instructor of Music at the University of Northern Colorado, where he teaches jazz trumpet and directs the UNC Jazz Lab III ensemble. This will be his second season teaching at SJW Jazz Camp. He also serves as the Assistant Director of the Mile High Freedom Bands and is the the Director of the MHFB Swing Band based in Denver, CO.
Prior to moving to Colorado, Shawn thrived in the San Francisco Bay Area where he established himself as an educator and performer. Among the many intuitions he taught at, Shawn served as the adjunct jazz trumpet instructor at Chabot College in Hayward, CA. While in the Bay Area, Shawn performed with groups such as: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Foreverland, RAFA, the Bad Five, Dick Bright Orchestra and the Shawn Williams Quintet. Shawn has performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Most recently, Shawn has performed with the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra and the Colorado Jazz Orchestra. You can hear Shawn on many recent recordings, including: All in One (2018) featuring compositions by David Caffey, and Time Child (2019) featuring trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and compositions by Erik Applegate. In 2019, Shawn was invited to join the United States Air Force Academy Band and Falconaires Jazz Ensemble as a manning assistant on multiple tours in Colorado, Alambama, and Georgia.