Dr. David Aaberg is the Director of Jazz-Commercial Music at the University of Central Missouri, a position he has held since 1986. In 2011 he received the Outstanding Jazz Educator Award from the Missouri Association for Jazz Education. David holds BA and MM degrees in Composition from Central Washington University and a DMA in Composition from The University of Texas at Austin. He regularly performs in the Jim Lower Jazz Orchestra and has played lead trumpet with the Louis Neal Big Band since 2004. His playing and arrangements can be heard on numerous recordings with the Boulevard Big Band and the Trilogy Big Band. As well as playing in the KCJO trumpet section, David also serves the organization as a staff arranger.