Arie VandeWaa

Arie VandeWaa

Instructor, Department of Music
Trombone, Music Business


  • Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in Music Business
    University of South Alabama

  • Master of Music in Trombone Performance
    University of Alabama

  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance
    University of Alabama


Dr. Arie VandeWaa is Assistant Professor of Music  (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 on both tenor and bass trombone with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and Mobile Opera, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, The Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, The Mobile Big Band Society, The Druid City Big Band, The Pensacola Jazz Society, and the Southeast Chamber Orchestra, as well as various Jazz, Commercial, Second Line, and Chamber ensembles throughout the Gulf Coast area. 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 clinician for multiple high schools and middle schools throughout the Alabama and Florida.

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 trombone 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 and Doctoral Degree at the University of Alabama, where he studied with Dr. Jon Whitaker.