Faculty & Staff

Kevin Gatzke

Visiting Instructor of Saxophone
B.A. in Jazz Studies, University of Illinois; M.M. in Commercial Music, Belmont University

Kevin holds a M.M. in Commercial Music from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee where he studied under Dr. Alex Graham as well as a B.A. in Jazz Studies in 2012 from the University of Illinois under the guidance Chip McNeil. During his time at Illinois, Kevin also studied classically under Debra Richtmeyer.

Since moving to Nashville, Kevin has become a permanent member of the Nashville based jazz/funk/R&B band Dynamo, with whom he has toured and performed with in numerous venues across the U.S. as well as in some of Nashville’s most legendary music clubs. In the summer of 2017, Kevin joined Grammy nominated Contemporary Christian recording artist, Daniel Gokey, performing alongside acts such as Toby Mac and Mandisa. Kevin has also toured with Elektra recording artist, Anderson East, sharing the stage with such acts as Brandi Carlile and the John Butler Trio, as well as performing on some of America’s most legendary radio and TV programs, including KEXP in Seattle, World Café Live, and the Late Show with Seth Meyers. 

Fluent in a wide range of musical styles, Kevin is an in demand live and studio musician, resulting in collaborations with some of Nashville's most influential artists including Jack Pearson, Mike Hicks, Jason Eskridge, The Nashville Jazz Orchestra, and Jeff Coffin, among others. His horn arrangements can also be heard in the music of Dynamo, Kylie Rothfield, and Clutch.

Kevin’s teaching philosophy aims to equip his students with the necessary skill sets to succeed as a professional musician, including reading, improvisation, and theory. Having complete command of the instrument across all disciplines coupled with the right attitude is the recipe for success.

Areas of Expertise

Teaches Saxophone