Derek Sims is an in-demand trumpeter in both the jazz and classical Portland music scene. Derek graduated with honors from The University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Music degree. While at Michigan, he studied with the great Armando Ghitalla (Boston Symphony), and Charles Daval (Montreal, Seattle Symphonies). After college, Derek went to play with Princess Cruise Lines, and toured over 40 countries around the world for 2 years.
Mr. Sims has had the privilege of performing with such artists as Benny Golson, Gerald Wilson, Arturo Sandoval, Ingrid Jensen, Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Bobby Watson, Pancho Sanchez, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Ron Miles, Martha Reeves, and Franki Valli. He has also performed with many different groups in the Portland area including: Mel Brown Septet, Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band, The Oregon Symphony, Columbia Symphony, Big Horn Brass, Alan Jones Sextet, Bobby Torres Ensemble, Soul Vaccination, Linda Hornbuckle, Pepe and the Bottle Blondes, Pink Martini, and Dahlia.
Mr. Sims maintains a private teaching studio, Director of Jazz for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Musical Director for the Mel Brown Septet, and is also a clinician and faculty member of the Mel Brown Summer Jazz Camps.