Diego Rivera is Associate Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation and Associate Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University. He is also a member of the MSU Professors of Jazz under the artistic direction of Rodney Whitaker, Director of Jazz Studies at MSU. Professor Rivera has a passion for teaching and his students have gone on to enjoy great careers as emerging jazz musicians on the National and International jazz scenes. His graduates have played, toured and recorded with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, The Birdland Big Band, The Count Basie Band among many others. His students have been accepted to some of best jazz studies graduate programs including Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music & William Patterson. Professor Rivera's students have also won numerous awards and competitions including Downbeat Student Awards, The VandoJazz Competition, Vandoren Emerging Young Artists and the North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Competition.


Professor Rivera has given masterclasses & clinics across the country from Alaska to Florida working with students and bands from Elementary School to University levels. He has served as a clinician/adjudicator at The Notre Dame Jazz Festival, Alaska Fairbanks Jazz Festival, Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival and Idlewild Jazz Festivals.


He is also an accomplished arranger with over 150 Jazz Octet & Big Band charts to his credit. His arrangements have been performed by High School and College bands across the country. In 2005, MSU Jazz Orchestra I premiered Rivera's arrangement of Marvin Gaye's 10-movement album "What's Going On?" at Dizzy Club Coca-Cola in New York City.


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