Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Hebb Music Center
Dr. Sharp is serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music. At the University of Lynchburg he teaches music theory, music arranging, conducting, music appreciation and applied low brass. He also conducts the percussion ensemble. Prior to his assignment at the University of Lynchburg, Dr. Sharp taught at small colleges throughout the state of Florida. Educated at the University of Florida and the University of Miami, his degrees include a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition, a Master’s in Studio Writing and Production and a PhD in Composition with a cognate area in Conducting and Wind Band Literature.
In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Sharp is a professional composer, arranger, orchestrator and musician. He has extensive experience as a professional trombonist, having served for 13 years as a bandleader and sideman for The Walt Disney World Company. As an arranger/orchestrator, he has provided music for many noted clients including the Disney parks worldwide, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, The Boston Pops, The Dallas Brass, and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He has also written pieces for several service bands including the famed USAF Airmen of Note, who recorded his arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” on their 1999 CD, Invitation.
Dr. Sharp is also active as a composer and arranger of music for the scholastic market. He currently has over 200 published works in the catalogs of Alfred Music Publishing, The FJH Music Company, Inc., Jalen/Matrix Publications and several others. His compositions and arrangements have been performed multiple times at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and he is a nine-time winner of the ASCAPlus Award.
An experienced adjudicator, Dr. Sharp has judged for several organizations including The Florida Bandmasters’ Association, The United States Scholastic Band Association, All-Star Music Festivals, Heritage Music Festivals, The Indiana State School Music Association, The Florida Marching Band Coalition, Bands of America and Drum Corps International. He has served on numerous occasions as the conductor/clinician for All-County concert and jazz groups throughout Florida.
- PhD – University of Florida
- MM – University of Miami
- BM – University of Florida