Ray Zarvell

Music Affairs Representative

Constance Hall 404


Dr. Ray Zarvell began his teaching career as a school district instrumental music director and general science teacher.  He traveled to three schools in the school district including two grade schools and the junior and senior high schools.  He instructed fifth grade beginning instrumentalist and developed feeder programs for the junior and senior high school bands.


Much of his teaching assignment was associated with the high school band where he started with sixteen students and at the end of his teaching assignment had enrolled more than half of the high school in the band program.  During that period of growth he started a marching band, basketball band and jazz ensemble.  He was also a principal in initiating an athletic conference division for music which brought together all of the bands in the conference for a combined music festival.  His high school bands performed throughout northern Illinois at the Illinois State Fair, Quad Cities television and in area parades.


He then entered private higher education as a personal and academic counselor at Bradley University.  Soon he was promoted to an administrative position that included parent and student summer orientation programs and international student advisement as well as personal counseling.  His latest promotion was to the position of Executive Director for Student Development and Health Services where he administered orientation programs; learning assistance programs; medical and psychiatric services; and testing and research.


Dr. Zarvell’s interest in music never waned and he continued his study of piano and the trumpet.  He also taught a Bradley Honors Program Seminar he entitled “Mind Altering Music” which was based on research and the use of biofeedback technology to measure students’ physiological responses to a variety of music genres.


Currently he is a trumpet student of Dr. Todd Kelly, Director of Jazz at Bradley University.  In addition, Dr. Zarvell has played with two senior drum and bugle corps and is currently lead trumpet with a big band/jazz band in northern Illinois.  He initiated the formation and direction of a brass quintet, was a member of a brass ensemble and sang with a 70 voice choir in the Peoria, IL area.