Dr. Oscar Passley is currently the Music Faculty Coordinator and Professor of Trumpet at Eastfield College.
Equally proficient in both classical and jazz genres, Dr. Passley has performed extensively with chamber groups and is a founding member of the Highland Brass Quintet. He has also performed with groups such as the Price/Wright Jazz Orchestra, Rizpah Lowe Jazz Quartet, Alexandria’s Ragtime Band, Bourbon Street Stompers, Inner City All-Stars Brass Band, Eastfield College Faculty Jazz Combo, Texas Star Brass Band, Las Colinas Symphony, Garland Symphony, Arlington Symphony, New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, Chamber Orchestra of Denton, Voices of Change, Metropolitan Classical Ballet Orchestra and was Co-Principal at the 2008 Missouri Symphony Summer Festival. He also has been performing with the Dallas Opera Orchestra since the 2005-2006 season.
Dr. Oscar Passley has shared the stage with such notable musicians as Andrea Bocelli, Denyce Graves, Michael Sachs, Scott Hartman, Elizabeth Freimuth, Gladys and "Bubba" Knight, Louis Price (former lead singer for the Temptations), Heather Headley, "Bebe" Neuwirth, B. J. Thomas, Bowling for Soup, Steve Lippia, Benjamin Wright, Winard Harper, Regina Carter, Bobby Sparks, Keith Anderson, Brad Leali, Tony Baker, Rebirth Brass Band, Byron Stripling and Wynton Marsalis.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland Passley graduated from Morgan State University with a B.A. in music where he studied trumpet with Melvin Miles. He finished master degrees in trumpet performance (M.M.) and music education (M.M.E.) in 2004-2005, studying jazz trumpet with Mike Steinel and classical trumpet with John Holt at the University of North Texas. Dr. Passley holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in trumpet performance at UNT.
Contact: Office F110, Phone 972-860-7139, Email OscarPassley@dcccd.edu