Rachel Spencer is trumpet player and band director residing in Austin, Texas. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she earned her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Capital University and Master of Music in Music and Human Learning from the University of Texas at Austin. During her time at UT, she served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University Bands which included teaching Longhorn Band, Longhorn Pep Band, and directing the Longhorn Jazz Ensemble. As a performer, Ms. Spencer has shared the stage with many incredible musicians such as Bill Watrous, Sean Jones, Grace Kelly, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Austin Symphony and more. During graduate school, she was a member of the UT Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, and in 2018 was a National Trumpet Competition Semifinalist in the Graduate Solo Division.
Rachel spent five years performing with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013-2017 as a lead player, soloist, and horn sergeant. During her tenure the Bluecoats won their first championship in 2016 as well as bronze and silver medals. As an instructor, she has worked on brass faculty for the Madison Scouts, the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, and the Blue Stars. Currently she serves on the brass faculty for the Cadets.
Rachel is incredibly passionate about Jazz Education: She has been a long standing event staff member for the Jazz Education Network, and has served as the Education and Engagement Coordinator for Jazz Girls Texas, and joined the faculty for the Longhorn Music Camp and Texas Jazz and Blues Camp. She is a frequent master class clinician as well, teaching brass pedagogy, improvisation, and jazz ensemble instruction. Currently, Rachel is on faculty at Dahlstrom Middle School and performs a variety of musical genres in and around Austin.