Instructor of Jazz Guitar, Business in the Arts

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Dr. Travis Lewis
is a guitar player and composer with over 20 years of experience as a performer and educator in both the United States and Japan.  Travis is Manager of Education for the National Blues Museum and former Director of Education for St. Louis Classical Guitar. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where he served as undergraduate guitar teacher to the jazz department under the tutelage of Lawrence Gray. 

Travis has a diverse and prolific background playing in multiple eclectic ensembles. Between the years of 2005-2011, Travis made a name for himself in Hiroshima where he performed and taught throughout Japan. He is currently the guitar player in legendary noise-rock group Yowie on Skin-Graft Records. His other accomplishments include his work with the nationally-known band So Many Dynamos. As a member of the Dynamos, he performed at several major venues and music festivals throughout the U.S. A small list of these includes South by Southwest, Pygmalion, and the Valley of the Vapors.

Dr. Lewis also has held teaching appointments in music, anthropology, and/or business at Saint Louis University, Webster University, Jefferson College, University of Missouri - St. Louis, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Blackburn College, KDHX Folk School, and Kure Showa High School in Hiroshima, Japan. 

 

Contact Information

314-516-5981
trlhbm@umsl.edu