The diverse and eclectic musical talents
of BMI award winning trumpeter, composer Rusty Stiers
have joined with such artists as Elton John, Bernie
Taupin, Bob Hope, Julie Andrews, Sheryl Crow, Melissa
Etheridge, George Michael, Clint Black, Don Henley,
Ronnie Spector, Connie Francis, Judy Collins, The Beach
Boys, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson,
Pat Boone and Tommy Tune.
His jazz credits include performances
with Charlie Ventura, Tex Beneke, Pepper Adams, Pete
Fountain, Al Hirt, Louis Belson, Jack Sheldon, Tommy
Newsome and Tom Kubis.
Born March 12,1959 in Eugene Oregon,
Rusty was introduced to music at the age of 7 by his
musical family. His studies began on the piano but
quickly reoriented to the trumpet with interests leaning
toward jazz and composition.
1978 found Rusty at the end of an American
tour, which included shows at the White House for President
Jimmy Carter and The Kennedy Center For The Performing
Arts. Recruited by Disneyland as a band Leader, he
spent the next 6 years at the park at which time he
was musical director for 5 consecutive character shows.
Between 1984 and 1987, Rusty developed
his career as a free lance Composer - Conductor working
for such diverse clients as New Generation Pictures,
Nisei Week Coronation Ball, Holland America Cruise
Lines, the Long Beach Grand Prix and The Long Beach
In 1985, Rusty began his work in Jazz
education by accepting a faculty position at The Sacramento
Jazz Camp, in 1989 at Fullerton College and in 1997
he was appointed to the faculty of the Mammoth Lakes
After completing his studies in Conducting
and Film Scoring at UCLA, Rusty scored many films,
commercials, documentaries, TV pilots and cartoons.
Most recently, Rusty concluded a 9 year stint with the The Side Street Strutters and his own band, The River Rascals, at Disneyland.
His new Disney assignment is leading The Jambalaya Jazz Band. This group lives at Disneyland 7 days a week and is made up of a rotating cast of 13 musicians.
In 2005 he was a featured guest artist at the Sacramento Jubillee.
In April of 2007, The Original Jazz Minors reunited for a wildly successful concert in Eugene, Oregon and made a rare appearance at the 2008 Sacramento Jubilee.
is the only instructor that has taught at every STJS
summer jazz camp.