Summer Camps

Bryan Carter Bryan Carter

Bryan Carter (instructor, percussion teacher, head counselor) was a jazz studies major at The Juilliard School, where he studied with Carl Allen and Kenny Washington. While at Juilliard, he took a strong interest in composition, orchestration and interdivisional cross-collaborative performance. Since graduating, he has played and/or recorded with many notable artists, including Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Jon Faddis, Ted Nash, Terell Stafford, Bobby Watson, Lew Tabackin, Kenny Barron, Cyrus Chestnut, Michael Feinstein and Kurt Elling. While in high school, he was selected twice to be a member of the Illinois all-state combo. He has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Staples Center and Chicago Symphony Center, and continues to travel and perform at clubs, festivals and concert halls around the world. The Bryan Carter Quintet released its first CD, Enchantment, in May 2011; the album featured all original music. Carter has extensive teaching experience and has conducted many clinics, master classes and workshops at schools, colleges and universities around the world. Currently Carter serves as a teaching artist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center, “Jazz for Young People” program. He lives in New York City and is a Vic Firth Artist.  He has been on the staff of the NIU Jazz Camp for several years. For more info about Bryan Carter, see