408 377-2504 (Union Ave Store)

408 629-1812 (Santa Teresa Blvd. Store)

Russell Zimmer

Instrument: Trumpet Teacher, Trombone Teacher, French Horn Teacher

Store: Santa Teresa Store

Russell Zimmer recently received his doctorate (DMA) from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music where he studied trumpet performance and jazz pedagogy. In addition to scholarly research, Russell is an active performer and has performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles area, Louisville, Kentucky and the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas in the Classical, Jazz, Big Band, R&B/ Soul, Rock, Funk, Pop, Latin and Salsa genres.

Russell has been teaching trumpet, French horn, trombone, piano, and jazz improvisation privately for over 10 years to students of various skill levels and ages. He currently is the Jazz Director and High Brass Specialist at Saint Francis High School and performs with several professional groups throughout the South Bay.

Recent Teaching Experience:

- Jazz Director, Saint Francis High School (2016 to present)

- Private Music Instructor (2006 to present)

- Applied Jazz Trumpet Instructor – University of Nebraska, Lincoln (2015-2016)

- Graduate Teaching Assistant – University of Nebraska, Lincoln (2013-2016)

  • Brass Quintet Instructor

  • Jazz Combo Instructor

  • Big Band Assistant Director

  • Regular Guest Lecturer in Rock History

Teaching Philosophy: I believe that every student has different interests and needs. I will create a detailed lesson plan and practice routine catered to each individual student’s musical aspirations while instilling a strong foundation in the fundamentals of the instrument.


- Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Jazz Pedagogy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2016

- Master of Music in Jazz Trumpet, University of Louisville, 2011

- Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, San Jose State University, 2009

- Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute, 2010

- Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop, 2008

- Previous private study with Eric Bolvin, Jeff Lewis, Larry Souza