Shane's Story

Shane Pitsch holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance degree from Eastern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance (jazz emphasis) degree from the University of Texas at Austin.


Comfortable playing in a wide variety of styles, Shane has performed with artists such as:

  • Willie Nelson
  • The Drifters
  • Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave)
  • Maria Schneider
  • Wayne Shorter
  • Steve Turre
  • Henry Butler
  • Spoon
  • What Made Milwaukee Famous
  • The Latin Breed
  • Johnny Bush
  • Ron Wilkins
  • ...and many others


Over the past several years, Shane has been involved with many Austin area bands, including:

  • Global Soul (co-leader)
  • Ghandaia
  • Opositivo
  • The Latin Breed
  • The Caldwell Shine Band
  • ATX Big Band
  • Blind Date
  • The Nash Hernandez Orchestra
  • The Contemporary Works Jazz Orchestra


Shane currently plays with: