Todd Kelly

Professor, Trumpet, Music Business, Director of Jazz Ensembles

Constance Hall 306



Dr. Todd Kelly is Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Ensembles at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.  Dr. Kelly teaches trumpet, directs the Bradley Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos, teaches Jazz Improvisation, and serves as an advisor for the Music Business program.  The jazz program includes two big bands, one combo, a year - long Jazz Improvisation sequence, and a course in Jazz History. The Bradley Jazz Ensemble has performed with Mike Vax, Mike Lee, Matt Wilson, Rachael Lee, Allen Vizzutti, Ron Jones, Tom Garling, Byron Stripling, Chris Vadala, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Wayne Bergeron, Denis DiBlasio, Michael Davis, Allen Vizzutti, Wycliffe Gordon, Mark Colby. Bobby Shew, and Dennis Mackrel. During the summer of 2003, the group performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and they returned in the summer of 2006, performing to enthusiastic audiences at the Vienne Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and the Umbria Jazz Festival. In the summer of 2009, the band toured Italy for ten days, performing at Lake Como, Serremaggiore, Valdarno, Viterbo, and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, and they returned in 2012. In the summer of 2016, the band will travel to New Orleans to perform and do humanitarian work.

Dr. Kelly holds the Doctor of Arts degree in trumpet performance from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. While at Ball State, he was the Assistant Director of the Jazz Studies program, directing the Studio Jazz Ensemble, coordinating the Jazz Combo program, and coordinating the “Dimensions in Jazz” high school jazz festival.  He also served as Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet and Jazz at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana.

Kelly received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with high honors from the University of Montana, and a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Northern Colorado.  His principal teachers include Lido Vizzutti, Dr. Thomas Cook, William Pfund, Paul Everett, and Bill Adam.  He spent three years working as a musician for Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise lines. From 1992 - 1994, Kelly taught grades 6 - 12 bands in Gilcrest, Colorado.

Dr. Kelly maintains a busy performing schedule in the Central Illinois area as a member of the Todd Kelly Jazz Quintet, Four Other Brothers, JC and the Redemption, the Brazilionaires, First Light, and as a freelance jazz and classical musician.  He is the musical director of the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra, a big band comprised of seventeen of the finest musicians from the central Illinois area. He has backed such performers as Wayne Newton, Jerry Lewis, Charo, the Fifth Dimension, Lesley Gore, and Mannheim Steamroller, and the national touring companies of Hairspray, Wicked, The Rat Pack is Back, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, Chicago, White Christmas, and Kinky Boots. His professional memberships include the Jazz Education Network, Music Educators National Conference, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also listed in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.” In the spring of 2004, he was given the Bradley Parents Association’s “Award of Excellence” for outstanding service to students, and in the spring of 2013, he was given the Slane College of Fine Arts Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is in demand throughout the Midwest as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest artist. Dr. Kelly has been published in Band World, Downbeat, JAZZed, and The Instrumentalist. His book, “Chet Baker: 21 Selected Solos” is available through Jamey Aebersold Jazz and He is a contributing author to "The Jazzer's Cookbook," published by Meredith Music, and "Teaching Beginning Jazz Band," published by GIA Music.

Todd Kelly is an artist/clinician for Conn/Selmer in Elkhart, Indiana. He and his wife Kirsten are the proud parents of Connor and Maren.