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 Hilltop Combo, teaches Jazz Improvisation, and serves as an advisor for the Music Business program. The jazz program at Bradley includes a big band, a New Orleans brass band, a combo, and courses in Jazz Improvisation and Jazz History.

Dr. Kelly maintains a busy performing schedule in the Central Illinois area with the Brazilionaires, the Todd Kelly Jazz Quintet, the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra, Four Other Brothers, JC and the Redemption, Inner Light, and as a freelance jazz and classical musician. He has toured throughout the United States with Indian tabla artist Sandip Burman. He has also performed with Wayne Newton, Jerry Lewis, Charo, the Fifth Dimension, Lesley Gore, Mannheim Steamroller, Maria Schneider, and the national touring companies of HairsprayWickedMary PoppinsThe Rat Pack is BackBilly ElliotChicagoWhite ChristmasKinky BootsThe Book of Mormon, and La La Land. 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, and he is a contributing author to The Jazzer’s Cookbook, published by Meredith Music, and Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz for Beginning Ensembles, published by GIA Music. In the spring of 2013, Dr. Kelly received the Slane College of Fine Arts Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2018 he received the Slane College Award for Excellence in Scholarship. He is the second faculty member in the history of the college to receive both awards.

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.