Bio

Ed Littlefield started playing the violin at the age of 6.  While in middle school he received first prize in the vibraphone division at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.  In high school he attended the Interlochen Arts Camp where he had the honor of playing under the direction of Frederick Fennell.

He received his formal music education at the University of Idaho where he majored in Vocal and Instrumental Music Education with a percussion emphasis.  He studied percussion with Daniel Bukvich and jazz history and theory with Robert McCurdy.

Now based out of Seattle, WA, Ed has had the pleasure of playing in the Idaho-Washington Symphony, The Orion Trombone Quartet, The Jazz Police, The MusicWorks Jazz Orchestra and many other professional groups in the Northwest. He also recently premiered a contemporary music piece organized by Crossound Inc.   In addition to working as a freelance musician in Seattle he has also worked on various Carnival Cruise Lines ships as a show band drummer and was on tour with various groups such as the internationally known ensemble The Dallas Brass and the percussion group Juxtapercussion.

As well as being a performer, Edward was the music director at Sitka High School where he taught Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Choir, Concert Choir and Guitar class.  He has also been on the music faculty at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp for seven years teaching elementary music, percussion and body percussion classes.

Edward is a Tlingit Native of Southeast Alaska and is currently working on composing and arranging Native music.  He has arranged several choral pieces that were commissioned by the Alaska Native Brotherhood and the Sitka High School music program.  He has recently completed an album combining traditional Alaskan Native music with jazz called “Walking Between Worlds”.

Edward works hard to continue high standards in music education by giving clinics and workshops in and out of the traditional classroom around the Northwest.