Jerald Shynett, trombonist, composer, and educator is a native of Tampa, Florida, currently residing in Wilmington, NC.  Jerald is an Associate Professor of Trombone and the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he teaches trombone, improvisation, jazz theory, jazz arranging, jazz history, and directs the UNCW Jazz Big Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.  He is an active performer and clinician throughout North Carolina, performing with the Grammy-nominated Jazz Surge, and the John Brown Orchestra based in Durham, NC.

Before coming to UNCW in 1998, Jerald maintained an active career as a freelance trombonist, composer and arranger in Florida.  He has performed with such notable artists as Chick Corea, Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker, Conrad Herwig , Joe Chambers, Bob Mintzer, Vincent Herring, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, The O’Jays, Ray Charles, LizaMinelli, and Wayne Newton, as well asthe North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra.  Jerald’s compositions and arrangements have been performed throughout the United States and Germany, most recently with the German Big Bandits, the John Brown Orchestra, the University of North Texas, University of South Florida, University of Miami and Northwestern University. Writing credits extend into television and film with Paramount’s “Domestic Disturbance” and Warner Brother’s television “One Tree Hill.”  

Jerald holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami (‘96), and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Florida (‘94).