Garrett Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies, teaches jazz trumpet, jazz arranging, jazz combo, and directs the Concert Jazz Band at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Before moving back to Illinois, Garrett was an active musician in New York City, playing at Shapeshifter Lab, Somethin’ Jazz Club, 54 Below, Tea Lounge, The Garage, and Radio City Music Hall.

Garrett is an active clinician and performer. He has performed all over the the world with the Maria Schneider Orchestra(Tokyo Blue Note, Jazz Standard, University of Maryland, Elmhurst Jazz Festival, Barcelona, Luxembourg, Vienna, Zürich, Geneva, Basel). He has also performed/toured with the Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project, John LaBarbera Big Band, Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band, Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Frankie Valli, CDZA, T-Pain, and Grease Das Musical.

In 2014, Garrett performed 8 shows a week with the Broadway production of ‘Cabaret’ at Studio 54. As a member of this production, he had the opportunity to play on both the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Today Show.

Garrett holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music.