408 377-2504 (Union Ave Store)

408 629-1812 (Santa Teresa Blvd. Store)

Russell Zimmer

Instrument: Trumpet Teacher

Store: Santa Teresa Store

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 teaches band in the Morgan Hill Unified School District.


In addition to his teaching, he 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.


Recent Teaching Experience:

- Band Director - Morgan Hill Unified School District (2017 to present)

- Jazz Director, Saint Francis High School 2016 - 2017

- 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