Al Naylor, trumpet instructor at Coe, was a band director in the Linn-Mar school district from 1981-2007. He served as Director of Jazz Studies and taught instrumental lessons to middle and high school students. Mr. Naylor holds two degrees from the University of Northern Iowa: a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master's degree in Music Education with a Trumpet Performance emphasis. He is past president of the Iowa Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators.
Mr. Naylor has performed professionally in a wide variety of settings including the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra and the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, serving as principal trumpet for the Municipal Band for 10 years. He has performed with the Barnum and Bailey Circus, and for such touring Broadway shows as Chorus Line and South Pacific. In 1999, he was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has played with many dance and swing bands including the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. In 1985, he was honored to be the guest soloist with the UNI Jazz Band I on their European tour, which culminated with a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Mr. Naylor is the director of the I-380 Express, a professional big band, which has played a variety of venues, from telethons to backing up Aretha Franklin. A former member of Orquestra Alto Maiz, he currently plays with the Moe Band--a blues/retro-swing band--and the Rod Pierson Orchestra.
Mr. Naylor studied with Keith Johnson, Randy Grabowski, Arnold Jacobs and Tom Lisenbee. He has performed with many great jazz artists including Clark Terry, Sonny Stitt, Dick Oatts, Paul McKee, Bill Frisell, Ray Anderson, Conrad Herwig, and Steve Turre. As a composer and arranger, Naylor's works have been performed by the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the I-380 Express, and middle and high school ensembles.