Sean Kiefer

Hometown:  Martensdale, IA
Major:  Bachelor of Arts in Business Analytics; Jazz Studies minor
Hobbies:  Composing for jazz ensembles, spending time with friends and family, golfing, and exploring
Career Goals:  Become a full time jazz composer and professor at a quality four-year university
Favorite Trumpet Player/s:  Clifford Brown, Roy Hargrove, Woody Shaw, Art Farmer, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Thad Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Dorham
Favorite Trumpet Recording/s:   You're My Everything (Freddie Hubbard: Hub-Tones 1963)
Favorite Food:  Casey's Bacon Breakfast Pizza
Favorite Book:  Inside the Score (Rayburn Wright)
Strangest Fact About Me:  I'm really good at badminton
Coolest/Oddest Musical Experience: Working with Steven Fiefke/Winning a Downbeat Award
If you could create music with another musician (local, famous, dead/alive), who would it be and why?  Wayne Shorter. He was a pioneer of modern jazz composition and it would be so interesting to collaborate with him
What is the one thing that instantly makes your day better?  
Seeing my dogs
What is your favorite random fact (NOT something about you)?  
The average golf ball has 36 dimples
Why do you think it's important to teach the younger generation music?  
You can't expect results if you don't put in the work. Expect nothing, earn everything
What is the most unexpected thing you have learned while studying music?  
Late night practice is more effective than you might think