A veteran of the Chicago jazz scene, trumpeter/arranger Kirk Garrison attended college in his home state of Minnesota before serving in the United States Air Force Band. After leaving the Air Force in 1992, he completed his masters degree in Jazz Studies at DePaul University where he is now a member of the jazz faculty. Kirk is in high demand as a performer, composer, teacher and arranger. He has received commissions from DePaul University, the Chicago String Ensemble, and the Millar Brass Ensemble at Northwestern University and most recently for internationally renowned jazz saxophonist Phil Woods.
As a member of the Lt. Dan Band featuring actor Gary Sinise, Kirk performs for scores of active duty military members, veterans and their families, including many charity organizations for disabled veterans. The band has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Other performance credits include the International Music Festival in Hue, Vietnam, the Ravinia Music Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival and numerous other venues throughout the country.
Kirk also performs as a guest soloist and clinician/adjudicator at middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout the country. He uses Denis Wick precision mutes and mouthpieces and is a Denis Wick performing artist. Products and sponsorship provided by DANSR, Inc. the North American importer for Denis Wick. He also endorses AMT microphones and uses the AMT P800W.