Paul Clark retired after teaching instrumental music in Iowa public schools for 32 years. He holds a B.A. in music education from the University of Northern Iowa, where he gained valuable experience in that school’s distinguished jazz program. He is a member of ASCAP, and is in frequent demand as an adjudicator and clinician.
Paul has been an active composer/arranger with the C.L. Barnhouse Co. for five decades. Since his first published chart in 1973, his music has been popular with directors and students alike, and many of his charts are consistent best sellers with school jazz bands at all levels of experience.
As a performer on both piano and trumpet, Paul has appeared with Buddy Rich, Steve Allen, Bob Hope, John Davidson, and many others. He has also performed with numerous musical productions, and has arranged music for literally hundreds of music organizations, including the Louisville Symphony and the Texas Tenors.
In 2011, Paul was inducted into the Jazz Educators Of Iowa Hall Of Fame.
Recordings of many of Paul’s jazz charts are available on the Walking Frog Records CDs “Have Yourself a Big Band Christmas: The Holiday Music of Paul Clark,” and “Baby Drives a Fast Car: The Jazz Music of Paul Clark,” performed by The Studio “A” Big Band.