Faculty & Staff
Faculty & Staff
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Rachel Spencer is a Teaching Assistant for the Longhorn Band, Longhorn Pep Band, and Longhorn Jazz Ensemble. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Spencer earned her Bachelor’s of Music from Capital University in Jazz Studies, where she was an avid performer and educator in the Columbus community.
In her time at Capital, she served as principal trumpet for the university’s top concert band and jazz band, as well as a variety of small ensembles. In 2016 she earned as spot as a research lecturer for the Capital Undergraduate Symposium, and is a Cap Scholar award recipient from 2013-2017.
As a performer, Ms. Spencer was a member of the Bluecoats drum and bugle corps from 2013-2017, where she was a lead trumpet, soloist, and horn sergeant. In her time at the Bluecoats she earned bronze, silver, and gold medals, as well as performed in the 2016 Chinese New Year Parade in Hong Kong. Outside of DCI she performed in and around the city of Columbus. She is currently a member of the University of Texas Wind Ensemble.
Throughout her career, Ms. Spencer has worked with high schools in central and southern Ohio instructing marching ensembles. She has taught and currently teaches private students in brass and visual performance and has been a guest conductor and jazz band clinician. Additionally, she is on brass staff for the Madison Scouts and Vanguard Cadets drum and bugle corps.
Ms. Spencer is also frequent attendee of music conferences, including the Jazz Education Network, the Ohio Music Education Association Conference, and the College Band Directors National Association conferences. She attended JEN in 2016 and 2017, where she performed a featured concert with saxophonist Grace Kelly in 2016. She has attended OMEA since 2012, and was selected for the Jazz Education Connection of Ohio band for 2016 and 2017. In February 2017, she traveled to Kansas City to perform in the CBDNA Small Band Programs Intercollegiate band, where she served as co-principal trumpet and a soloist.
She is currently working toward her Master’s of Music in Music and Human Learning.