VanPort Jazz

Big Band Jazz

Cary Pederson - bandleader, clarinet

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Cary Pederson has been instructing in the local NW area for over a decade. His primary area of study has been woodwinds and music pedagogy. He has taught at various Washington and Oregon Public Schools (most recently at Mountain View High School in Vancouver and Astoria Middle and High School in Oregon), Portland State University, as well as, private lesson instruction.

He has several years of conducting experience through many venues; some of which include guest conductor at Discovery Middle School for Kathy Vogt; direction from Dr. William Tuttle; lead director for the PSU Chamber Winds Ensemble; sectional director for Columbia River High School; and guest director for the PSU Wind Ensemble under the former direction of Dr. Denise Grant.

Cary performs for many local ensembles and holds a Master's and Bachelor's degree in music performance from Portland State University.

Recent performances include soloist for the Hood River Symphony Orchestra; NYC comic strip producer Shannon Wheeler’s “Too Much Coffee Man;” Oregon Symphonic Band; Oregon Jazz and Wine Festival; Portland State University Opera Productions; North Coast Community Symphony; the Vancouver Pops Symphony, the SW Washington Wind Symphony and VanPort Jazz.