Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Professor of Music: Jazz Studies, Saxophone

226 Performing Arts Center / (320) 308-2249

CLICK to email: kgast@stcloudstate.eduKim Gast is Professor of Music at St. Cloud State where he teaches Jazz Harmony, Jazz Improvisation, Applied Saxophone, and directs the Jazz Ensemble.  Kim received his Bachelor and Master Degrees from the Lamont School of Music of The University of Denver in 1981 and 1983 respectively.  In 1994 he received the Doctor of Arts Degree in Saxophone performance and Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.  As a saxophonist, Kim has performed at North American Saxophone Alliance Conventions in Greeley Colorado and San Diego, California.

From 1996-1999 he played Alto Saxophone with the Cedar Avenue Big Band in St. Paul and has performed with many other professional groups in the Twin Cities area including the Solid Senders, the Stud Brothers, the Steve Vechi Big Band, and the Wolverines Jazz Orchestra.  He currently may be heard monthly with his own Quintet at the Radisson Hotel in St. Cloud.

Kim has received favorable exposure as a jazz composer and arranger with a Dee Bee Award from Down Beat Magazine and a Jazz Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  His works are Published by the UNC Jazz Press and distributed by Walrus Music of Glendale, California. 

More recently Kim has assumed the directorship of the Paramount Jazz Orchestra, an 18-piece big band featuring faculty from St. Cloud State University and the College of St. Bens/St. John’s University Music Departments. Under his direction the SCSU Jazz Ensemble has been invited to perform frequently at the Minnesota Music Educators convention in Minneapolis and has been selected as the Best College Big Band at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Many nationally recognized Jazz artists have concertized with the SCSU Jazz Ensembles including as Bob Berg, Byron Stripling, Bobby Shew, Gary Foster, Bruce Paulson, Bob Mintzer, and Allen Vizutti.

D.A. University of Northern Colorado

M.A. University of Denver

B.M.E. University of Denver

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