Terry Blackley


Teaching experience includes high school instrumental and vocal music in Illinois and at Fullerton High School in California, director of jazz studies and director of bands at Fullerton College, CA. and served as the associate director of the All American College Marching Band for the opening ceremonies at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Leadership opportunities – Dean of Fine Arts, Emeritus, Fullerton College, chair of music department, founder and director of the Fullerton College Jazz Festival for 32 years (over 8,000 participants yearly), served as CEO and president of Forum Music Festivals, Inc.

Organizational leadership – four years as U.S. Representative on International Association of Jazz Educators Executive Board, and also served for sixteen years in the capacity of Western Regional Representative, California State IAJE Board, and national chair for the Music Performance Trust Fund. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Reno International Jazz Festival (1989-1993), board of directors for Friends of Jazz (a support organization for jazz education in Orange County), fifteen years experience with various state music organization boards. 

Honors – Downbeat awards (including outstanding college jazz album of the year), jazz bands featured at national conventions of IAJE and MENC, recipient of the Experienced Teachers Fellowship at the University of Michigan, published composer/arranger, experienced adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor.

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