Arie VandeWaa is the instructor of trombone and music business at the University of South Alabama. A Mobile native, Dr. VandeWaa has worked as a freelance trombonist in Alabama since 2010 and has performed with the Mobile Symphony, the Tuscaloosa Symphony, The Mobile Big Band Society, The Mobile Pops, Band, The Druid City Big Band, and the Southeast Chamber Orchestra, as well as various Jazz, pop, second line, and chamber ensembles. While in the Mobile area Dr. VandeWaa has also maintained a healthy trombone studio, teaching private lessons to high school and middle school students in Baldwin and Mobile counties, and has worked as a low brass technician for Daphne and Spanish Fort High Schools.
Dr. VandeWaa completed his Doctoral Degree in Trombone Performance at the University of Alabama, where he worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Music Education and the Trombone Studio, teaching Brass Methods courses for Music Education majors and applied lessons for music majors and minors. Dr. VandeWaa has participated in and audited numerous festivals and seminars including the 2013 Alessi Seminar, as well as the Southeast Trombone Symposium, and the International Trombone Festival. In addition to his studies at Alabama, Arie has taken lessons from Peter Ellefson, James Markey, Michael Mulcahy, Brian Hecht, Craig Mulcahy, Jim Nova, Bradley Palmer, Brent Phillips, and Martin McCain, and has performed in masterclass settings for Joseph Alessi, Denson Paul Pollard, David Finlayson, Nathan Zgonc, George Curran, and Alex Iles.
Arie completed his Bachelor’s degree in Music with elective studies in Business at the University of South Alabama, where he studied trombone under Dr. Greg Gruner and completed his Master's Degree at the University of Alabama, where he studied with Dr. Jon Whitaker.