Ansyn Banks joined the Uof L Jazz faculty in 2006. He holds degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University (B.M. – Music Education), and Indiana University (M.M. – Jazz Studies; D.M. – Brass Pedagogy).
In addition to teaching Jazz trumpet, Ansyn teaches jazz styles and analysis, jazz improvisation, and directs UofL’s jazz combo program. Originally from Ohio, Ansyn has performed with Dick Oatts, Harry Pickens, Chuck Marohnic, Hank Marr, Gene Walker, Melvin Rhyne and many other jazz artists.
Ansyn has adjudicated and performed at various H.S. jazz festivals, and teaches at Jamey Aebersold’s Summer Jazz Workshops. During his tenure in Indiana, Ansyn frequently performed with the Buselli-Wallerab Jazz Orchestra, and the Steve Allee Big Band. Ansyn also enjoys performing R&B music. He has performed with The Mighty Dells, The Temptations, The Temptations Review, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, and other R&B artists.