Barb Catlin, director of the Pomona College Jazz Ensemble, has become one of the Southwest’s leading jazz educators. Her extensive experience as a professional musician has made Catlin known for her “real life” approach to teaching. Combined with her enthusiasm for music and expertise of the rhythm section, Catlin has become a popular clinician in California and Arizona.
During her 18 years in Arizona, Catlin was the director of jazz studies at Mesa Community College in the Phoenix-metro area and had eight highly successful years as musical director of the award-winning youth honor jazz program, The Young Sounds of Arizona. Her students have been featured in the Grammy jazz bands, Wynton Marsalis’ All-American Jazz Ensemble, the Dave Brubeck Institute and the Mancini Institute.
Catlin has been a featured adjudicator and soloist throughout the country, at festivals including Fred Sturm's Lawrence Jazz Festival and Kris Berg's Collin College Jazz Festival, in addition to serving as director of the Arizona All-State Clinic Jazz Band and the Central California Honor Jazz Band. She is excited to have been selected to direct the California All-State Junior High Jazz Band in 2017.