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B.A., Millikin University
M.M., Southern Illinois University

Courses Taught

Trombone lessons

Cary Sheley

Instructor of Music, trombone, low brass

 Email:   Hendricks Center for the Arts

Cary Sheley has played with numerous musical organizations, including the show band aboard Cunard’s “Royal Viking Sun” cruise ship, where he spent a year cruising the world with stops in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. While aboard the “Sun” he played behind many artists including Marilyn Macoo and Debbie Reynolds. He spent 6 years on the road with the world famous “Glenn Miller Orchestra”. He played lead trombone behind Larry O’Brien, the current leader of the orchestra, with performances in all 50 states, South America, Spain and Japan. While on the band, he sang in the vocal group the “Moonlight Serenaders”, recorded 3 albums, including Barry Manilow’s “Singing With The Big Bands” and a video for PBS with Kathie Lee Gifford. As a freelance artist he has performed with many entertainers and musicians including Andy Williams, Mel Torme, Bobby Shew, Louie Bellson and Carl Fontana.

Mr Sheley formerly was formerly Low Brass Instructor with Principia College, Elsa Illinois and Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey Illinois. He was also the director of the Jazz Ensemble, East Central College, Union, Missouri. He is currently adjunct faculty with Rock Valley College, Rockford Illinois. He also runs Sheley Musical Services, Rockford Illinois, providing arrangements for small ensemble, Live Entertainment with The Little Big Band, and Private instruction for beginning through advanced students of trombone, trumpet, baritone, euphonium and tuba. Mr Sheley holds a Bachelor’s of Music in musical performance with jazz emphasis from Millikin University in Decatur IL. and a Master’s of Music in musical performance from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, IL.

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