Educator and Author

Terry has spent 20 years as an educator  and administrator at the college level, with positions as a Department Head, Dean of Academic Affairs, and Director of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Terry has been responsible for the musical education of hundreds of students. A majority of Terry’s students have gone on to successful and rewarding careers in music.

Terry’s 40 years as a professional musician has enabled him to bring a unique perspective to the classroom and a unique experience to his students.

Terry has written 4 method books for bass instruction, collectively entitled "The Bass: A Comprehensive Approach," which has been used and is currently being used to help to prepare bass students for a fulfilling life and future in Jazz and contemporary music styles.


Terry began his life in music at age 7 with piano lessons in his hometown of Clovis, New Mexico. He received his first electric bass on Christmas day at age 13. After that, there was no turning back...

Terry spent 10 years in Omaha, Nebraska, playing in local bands and beginning to study Jazz.  Terry received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which allowed him to move to New York, where he studied under renowned bassist and educator Rufus Reid. After leaving New York, Terry relocated to Los Angeles  and continued his performing career in Jazz, recording, and television and motion picture work.

After relocating to  Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1994, Terry began his collegiate career, achieving a BA in Music, a MA in Leadership, and a Doctoral Certificate in Institutional Research and  spent 20 years as an in-demand performer and composer, studying composition with Carol Barnett. Terry is currently working on his doctorate in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) at the American College of Education in Indianapolis, Indiana. 


Terry has performed with many of the greatest names in Jazz, including:

Teddy Edwards       Marc Copland         Lee Oskar       

Lenny  White           Eric Marienthal      David Berkman
Marty Paitch            Dave Kukowski      David Paitch                       

Ben Sidran               Kei Akagi                 Dewey Redman
Ritchie Cole             Lee Konitz               Freddie Hubbard     

Nachito Herrera     Terrell Stafford       Eric Gravatt
Gene Harris             Bob Mintzer            Ray Bryant      

John Clayton           Karryn Allison        Gordon Goodwin
Jane Monheit          Joanne Brakeen     Roseanna Vitro    

Bobby Watson         Brian Lynch            Clark Terry
Art Farmer               Jim Rotundi           Marlena Shaw                       Rick Germanson     Kitty Margolis        Victor Lewis
Bobby Shew             Tom Peterson         Kendra Shank                        Bobby Peterson       Dave Stryker          
Bill Holmen             

Steve Slagle              Conrad Herwig       New York Voices      

Wayne Bergeron      Billy Hart                Mike Stern


Terry has written numerous compositions in Jazz over the years. Terry is concentrating now on composing new original music, orchestral works, and music for film and television. Terry counts many individual artists as influences in his composing including Pat Metheny, John Barry, Danny Elfman,  Snuffy Walden, Hans Zimmer, and many others. 

Terry's compositions have been highlighted on numerous recording projects with many renowned performers. His newest recording project with "The Libra Project" featuring Andrew Schwandt and Fred Flowerday has been released and is available here. Just email me!

Terry currently resides in the beautiful state of New Mexico with his family.