- M.M., Master of Music, Indiana University, 1989
Brent Wallarab is David N. Baker Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and associate professor of music (jazz studies) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Since 1991, he has been lead trombonist with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the jazz orchestra in residence at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. As lead trombonist, he specializes in recreating the entire spectrum of jazz brass styles.
In 1992, Wallarab was appointed specialist in jazz for the Smithsonian Institution and serves as transcriber, researcher, editor, and advisor for the Smithsonian's extensive jazz program.
Wallarab has transcribed and edited more than 300 masterworks for jazz orchestra and is considered one of the leading authorities on historical composition for jazz orchestras, such as those of Duke Ellington, Sy Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, and Gil Evans.
Wallarab has been instrumental in identifying and cataloguing many pieces from the Ellington archives housed at the Smithsonian Institution.