Derek Worthington is a trumpet player, composer, and improviser living in Ann Arbor, MI. He is the founder and director of the Arbor Composers Collective, a mid-sized ensemble dedicated to the performance of original, experimental music. He leads a quartet, the Great Collapsing Hrung, and the less cleverly named Derek Worthington Quintet, in addition to being a member of the collaborative quintet Braintree. Derek regularly performs as a sideman in many groups in the Ann Arbor area, and has shared the stage with Dave Douglas, Taylor Ho Bynum, John Hollenbeck, and Vinnie Golia. Derek has extensive experience performing in a wide variety of styles, from big bands to rock bands to English brass bands. He draws inspiration from this diverse array of influences to forge a personal compositional and improvisational voice.
In May, Derek graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master's degree in Improvisation, where he studied with Ed Sarath, Andrew Bishop, and William Lucas. Derek earned his Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Missouri - Kansas City, studying with Keith Benjamin, Stan Kessler, and Bobby Watson. The past two summers, he has been a participant in the Banff Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, where he had the opportunity to work with Dave Douglas, Jonathan Finlayson, Clarence Penn, Greg Tardy, Steve Lehman, and many others.