Director of NJYS Jazz and Jazz Orchestra

Dion Tucker has been a member of The Harry Connick, Jr. Big Band since 2007, performing for President Barack Obama at the 2012 Governors Ball and at the Papal Mass for Pope Benedict at Yankee Stadium in 2008. He was lead trombonist in the 2011 Broadway revival of On A Clear Day and in the 2018 stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film The Sting at Paper Mill Playhouse. Previously, he toured with the rock band Matchbox 20 and was lead trombonist in The Duke Ellington Orchestra from 2003 until 2013.

As an educator, Tucker has taught in over 20 New York City public schools through the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz For Young People program and was a faculty member at Jazz House Kids, a music education program in New Jersey fronted by Christian McBride.