Professor of Jazz Studies
Director of Jazz Band II
D. Arts - University of Northern Colorado
Office: 189 Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Phone: (319) 273-6431
During his 22 years as director of the award-winning UNI Jazz Band One, Washut recorded 11 CDs (two of which earned 5-star ratings from DownBeat magazine), toured Europe three times, consistently received "Outstanding Band" recognition at collegiate jazz festivals throughout the Midwest, and was awarded three "Outstanding Performance" citations in DownBeat's Annual Student Music Awards.
He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the country, having conducted all-state jazz bands in 16 states. He is also an active jazz pianist who founded the locally popular Latin jazz band, Orquesta Alto Maiz, in 1986. Washut recorded and released a jazz trio CD entitled Songbook in 1999 and a jazz duo CD (w/Chris Merz) in 2007. With Orquesta Alto Maiz, he has recorded 10 CDs and performed nationally and internationally. Washut was inducted into the Iowa IAJE Hall of Fame in 2003, the Des Moines Community Jazz Center Hall of Fame in 2013, and was selected as Outstanding Teacher at UNI in 1996.