Bret Steed is an active trombonist and music educator in the Oklahoma City area. A native of Idabel, Oklahoma, Steed holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance from Ouachita Baptist University.
Steed’s teaching career includes public school teaching in Oklahoma and Arkansas, trombone master classes in Arkansas and Texas, jazz band clinics in Oklahoma, and an adjunct professor of music position at the University of Central Oklahoma teaching applied trombone. In 2014, Steed was selected as the Jazz Studies teacher’s assistant at the University of Central Oklahoma. During his time in this position, Steed assisted Brian Gorrell in teaching Jazz Theory and Analysis 1, course design and teaching of Jazz Theory and Analysis 2, directing the Repertory 2 combo, and rehearsing the award winning Jazz Ensemble 1. Steed loves teaching, and believes there is no better feeling in the world than sharing his music, knowledge, and experiences with others.
Steed’s professional playing career began in 2007 when his high school band director took him to his first jazz gig. From that moment on, Steed developed a passion for music that still fuels his performances today. Since then, Steed has enjoyed performing freelance work all over Arkansas and Oklahoma. He has played in bands backing artists such as Terrell Stafford, Bill Watrous, Tom “Bones” Malone, and Sim Flora. Steed currently performs with the Edmond Jazz Orchestra, Edmond Christian Jazz Orchestra, The Al Good Orchestra, the Bret Steed Combo and many other various groups.
Steed has been privileged to work with and study under the guidance of Josh Bynum, Casey Thomas, Justin Isenhour, Ron Baron, Ron Wilkins, Doug Elliott, Sim Flora, Jeff Kidwell, Lee Rucker, and Brian Gorrell.
Steed has received numerous awards. While in high school, Steed was selected as the Oklahoma High School Jazz Musician of the Year. In 2013, Steed was recognized as one of the top finalists in the nation-wide Texas State Jazz Trombone Solo Competition.
Steed’s debut jazz album, entitled “Bring It!,” was released in May of 2016. “Bring It!” consists of a collection of Steed’s own original music. Steed recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered his album at the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab.
Steed is currently pursuing a Doctorates of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Oklahoma, and continues to maintain a busy performance and teaching schedule exclusively playing his Xo Trombone.