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Moffett, Mondre

Moffett, Mondre, trumpeter, composer, conductor, educator; b. Austin, TX, 19 July 1953.

Upon completion of high school he attended Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas where he performed in jazz bands that featured Arnett Cobb and many other great musicians from the Houston area. Moffett received his undergraduate degree from New College of California in San Francisco and he earned a Master of Arts degree in music performance and composition from New York University. Mondre Moffett first emerged as a trumpeter for his noteworthy family jazz band known as "The Moffett Family". Mondre's father, the late Charles Moffett is best remembered for his extraordinary percussion work with Ornette Coleman. The Moffett Family, (featuring Mondre, Charles Jr., Cody, Charrisse, and Charnett Moffett) playing both separately and together, has been a vital part of jazz lore for over thirty years. As a music educator, Mondre is making his biggest impact on inner city youth as a music teacher for the Department of Education in New York City. He is also on the music faculty at Long Island University. In addition, he served for three years as Dean of Jazz Studies for the International FAME Festival and School located in Princeton, New Jersey. Maestro Moffett has led many orchestral and choral groups to spectacular performances. In the mid-eighties, he conducted several concert appearances of Duke Ellington's original sacred music score and was founder and conductor of the "Newborn Symphony" a youth orchestra based in Oakland California. The Newborn Symphony was dedicated to performing contemporary works by new composers. In addition to leading his own orchestra, Moffett has served as director for many church and civic organizations in the Oakland/San Francisca Bay Area. Recently he was honored to be the guest conductor for New York State Westchester County's Art Festival where he conducted a one-hundred and forty piece Youth Symphony Orchestra at Purchase College in New York. Mondre Moffett is best documented on three C.D. recordings by The Moffett Family on Venus Records of Japan. He also performs on his brother, bassist Charnett Moffett's Blue Note Records release entitled Beauty Within and on The Charles Moffett Family Volume One album. Moffett's other recordings and performances include such jazz luminaries as Sir Roland Hanna, Stanley Jordan, Kenny Drew Jr., Jeff Watts, John Faddis, Tom Harrell, Mark Whitfield, Wycliffe Gordon, Donald Harrison, and Delfeayo and Branford Marsalis. More recently he toured Europe as a member of Duke Ellington's Orchestra.

In addition to trumpet performance, Mondre is a prolific composer of orchestral works. He has written an opera entitled Esther and recently released a live performance of his original symphony for orchestra, chorus, and jazz soloist entitled The Wishbone Suite, conducted by Dale Clevenger and performed at the Kirby Center in Princeton, New Jersey by the FAME Festival Orchestra.

Moffett is the proud father of five daughters, Marchelle, Marchon, Eustacia, Jessica, and Kayla Moffett. He is married to the Rev. Dr. Diane Givens-Moffett and they now reside in West Orange, New Jersey where creating music in the Moffett Family is a tradition and family treasure.

Contact information:
Mondre Moffett
12 Haller Rd.
West Orange NJ 07052
(973) 731-8910

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