Dr. Lou Fischer is Professor of Music, jazz activities coordinator, and jazz ensemble director at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he directs the big band program, teaches American Pop/Jazz Theory, Beginning/Advanced Jazz Arranging, and Contemporary Jazz Bass. A member of the internationally recognized University of North Texas One OClock Lab Band ('71-'74), Fischer received a BM in jazz performance, magna cum laude ('91) and an MA in Composition with honors ('92) from the University of Denver. He holds a Doctor of Arts in bass performance, with a secondary in theory and composition from Ball State University in Indiana. Dr. Fischer is an honorary life member of Phi Mu Alpha and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda at BSU.
Forty-four years in the entertainment industry include composing and/or performing over two thousand commercial advertisements, over fifty Broadway Shows, and extensive music tours with Bill Watrous, Red Rodney, The Crusaders, Airto, Charlie Byrd, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Emmy Lou Harris, Rich Matteson, and the orchestras of Woody Herman, Louis Bellson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Les Hopper, Tex Beneke, and Jimmy Dorsey among many others. Lou currently has four international album releases under his own name and can be heard on numerous recording, most recently including Steve Houghtons Tribute to Gershwin: The Manne We Love; two Bill Watrous titles: A Time For Love and Bone-I-fied; the Shelly Berg Trio: The Joy; Frank Mantooths Big Band: A Miracle; and Sunny Wilkinsons big band release High Wire, and Beaux J Poo Boo's: All Things Are New.
Dr. Fischer has appeared as guest director, soloist, clinician, and/or adjudicator at jazz festivals in Europe, Canada, Japan, Korea, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Australia, Mexico, and at over two hundred plus high schools/universities in the United States. He continually remains in great demand worldwide, recently directing the All State Jazz Ensembles of Colorado, Texas, North Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Lou acts as jazz division head for the renowned Music For All/Bands of America Summer Symposium.
A long time advocate and champion for jazz education, Lou is co-founder of the newly created Jazz Education Network and serves currently as Vice President and Membership Manager, where he recently participated in the Quincy Jones Music Consortiuum held in NYC. Service to the International Association for Jazz Education included U.S. Representative, IAJE Executive Board, Past-President-OH, Leadership-Advocacy Committee Co-Chair, Resource Team Member, New Music Instrumental Chair ('89-2008), MidWest Regional Conference Planning Committee for Two Conferences, Performer/Clinician/Presider at International Conferences, TTI Clinician, and International Conference Selection Review Process Committee Chair. Lou was owner and operator of his own music publishing company for thirteen years, where he distributed over 350 jazz related materials. With many compositions, articles and method books currently in print, Lou is published by Walrus, Hal Leonard, Kendor and Alfred Music, and has been a frequent contributor to JAZZed magazine, the Jazz Educators Journal and The Instrumentalist. Dr. Fischer plays the Yamaha Silent Basses exclusively.