Visiting Professor in Jazz
About Sam Shoup
After completing a degree in Music Composition from the University of Memphis in 1979, Sam Shoup spent ten years working as a full time jingle writer for Media General Broadcast Services, where he received several awards for his outstanding work. He was a founding member of the band "Dog Police", which won MTV's Basement Tapes Competition in 1985.
After starting his own company, SamJamm Productions in 1990, Shoup began specializing in orchestral and big band arranging. He is currently a staff arranger for The National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., as well as The New York Pops Orchestra, Houston Symphony and The Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to writing and arranging, Shoup plays upright and electric bass, trumpet and piano and is a two-time winner of NARAS's Premier Bassist Award. He has performed or recorded with Ringo Starr, Kallen Esperian, Ella Fitzgerald, Aaron Copland, Wynton Marsalis and many others.