Meet our Conductor


Dr. Jeffrey L. Traster

Dr. Jeffrey L. Traster is Music Professor Emeritus at The University of Tampa where he served as Director of Bands and Head of Music Education for nineteen years, including Music Department Chair for six years.  Altogether, his music education career spans 33 years in Texas, Ohio, and Florida.  He is an active guest conductor, clinician, composer, and tuba player. 

Traster earned degrees from Baylor University (BME), the University of Colorado at Boulder (MM), and the University of Texas at Austin (DMA).  Prior to The University of Tampa, he taught middle and high school in Austin, TX, was Associate Director of Bands at Baylor University, and Director of Bands at Wright State University in Dayton, OH.  Dr. Traster is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, FMEA, NAfME, CBDNA, and Pi Kappa Lambda.  He resides in Tampa with his wife Denise, a career accountant; they have four grown daughters and two grandchildren.