Paul Hageman is in his 21st year as principal trombone with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Ballet Orchestra. He is in his 38th year at Texas A&M-Kingsville where he is Director of the School of Music and Regents Professor of Jazz Studies. He is director of the jazz program and directs Jazz Band I. Dr. Hageman earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Louisiana Tech University and the Master of Music and Doctor of Arts degrees in Trombone Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Hageman has taught trombone, low brass and jazz at TAMUK since 1983, and was Director of Bands from 1989 to 1997.
Dr. Hageman has served TMEA Region XIV as Jazz Chairman and has been a jazz clinician for TMEA Regions XIV, XV and XXVIII. In 1999, he was selected to direct the Texas All-State Community College Jazz Ensemble at the TMEA Convention. Dr. Hageman has been an adjudicator for marching band, concert band, and jazz band contests and festivals throughout Texas. He has written musical arrangements for high school, college, and professional ensembles in the areas of marching band, concert band, and jazz ensemble music.
Ensembles directed by Dr. Hageman have performed in a wide variety of venues. The “Pride of South Texas” Marching Band has performed at UIL Region XIV and XV Marching Contests and the UIL Area G Marching Contest. In 1996, the marching band performed before an international audience on NBC television at the NBA All-Star Game at the Alamodome. Under Hageman’s direction, the Symphonic Band performed at the TMEA Convention in San Antonio in 1993. Jazz Band I has also performed at the TMEA Convention in 1995, 2003, 2009, 2013, and 2020. The band has also performed at numerous jazz festivals and competitions across the nation. In both 1997 and 1999, Jazz Band I was selected as one of eight college jazz bands invited to compete in the National Jazz Band Competition at the Mobile Jazz Festival. Jazz Band I has been recognized for excellence in the DownBeat Magazine Annual Student Music Awards. In 2004, Jazz Band I was selected as the Winner in the College Big Band category. In 2010, Jazz Band I received an Outstanding Performance Award in the Undergraduate College Big Band category, and in 2020, Jazz Band I received an Outstanding Performance Award in the Graduate College Large Ensemble category.