Peter Francis earned a DMA in Trumpet Performance 2005 and an MM in Music Education 1997 from the University of Miami where he studied with Gilbert Johnson and Craig Morris. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education 1991 from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. While at the University of Miami, Dr. Francis was a teaching assistant in the Jazz/Studio Music Department and a member of the Concert Jazz Band under Whit Sidener. He has taught trumpet at the New World School of the Arts since 2004 and in 2010, began directing the High School Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Francis has toured with Chayanne, Celia Cruz, Issac Delgado, Tony Vega, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, and Jerry Rivera among others. In South Florida he has performed with the Manhattan Transfer, the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Ojay's, Frankie Valli, Frankie Avalon, Jack Jones, the Funk Brothers, Chaka Kahn, Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval, Clarence Clemons, Stephen Marley, Hal Linden, Ed Calle, Tito Nieves, Luis Enrique, Cheo Feliciano, Rey Ruiz, Larry Harlow, and Frankie Ruiz, among others. Dr. Francis has also performed regularly with the Miami City Ballet and Florida Grand Opera orchestras, as well as with the South Florida Symphony, the Symphony of the Americas, the Miami Symphony, and the Florida Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Francis has served as brass panelist for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Young Arts program since 2007. In 2011, he was awarded a NWSA Professional Development grant to attend the Jazz at Lincoln Center 2011 Band Director's Academy in New York City.