Barry Oosterwaal is a performer, arranger, educator, and administrator. Originally from the Netherlands, he studied music at the HAVO for Music and Dance and general psychology at LOI Institute, the Netherlands. He came to the United States in 1991 and 1995 to play and march with the Madison Scouts drum and bugle corp. In 1996, he began study at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he received his BM in Trombone Performance, studying with Steve Wiest. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he received his MM in Trombone Performance, studying with Dr. Noreen Harris-Baer. While in Milwaukee, Mr. Oosterwaal worked at the Hal Leonard music publishing company as a digital production specialist. He was the Director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Jazz Studies Program from 2006-2011. Mr. Oosterwaal founded the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Jazz Institute and was the Program Director for its first 3 years.
I'm very exctited to be working with the students of the Helbing Jazz Initiative - Small Group Program
As a performer, he played with many bands and artists, including but not limited to Slide Hampton, Arturo O'Farrill, the Steve Wiest big band with whom he recorded on the Excalibur album. He recorded with Los Angeles-based band ‘Chester French,’ and played on the movie soundtrack of “American Movie.” Mr. Oosterwaal also keeps a busy performing schedule with big band, symphonic orchestras, chamber ensembles, Latin bands, and more.
As a teacher, Mr. Oosterwaal has taught trombone and music theory and has worked with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, Capital Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, Jubal and Jong Jubal Drum and Bugle Corps (Netherlands), Kidsgrove Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (Great Britain), Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps (WI), Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra brass quintets, Cudahy H.S. marching band and indoor drumline, Lancer Band (New Berlin WI), Lighthouse Brigade (Racine WI), and the UW-Whitewater Jazz Camp. He served as a long-term substitute band director with Kettle Moraine H.S. (WI) and Burlington H.S. (WI).