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Director of Jazz Studies

Associate Professor of Saxophone


  • D.M.A., University of Georgia
  • M.M., University of Georgia
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University

Teaching Specialties

  • Instrumental Music
  • Saxophone

Research Interests

  • Marching Band Drill Design
  • Music Arranging
  • Jazz


  • North American Saxophone Alliance
  • College Band Directors National Conference
  • Tau Beta Sigma
  • Kappa Kappa Psi
  • Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association


Kenneth D Carroll presently serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Arkansas State University.  He earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees for the University of Georgia where he studied saxophone with Kenneth M. Fischer and jazz with Roger Dancz.  He earned the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Arkansas Tech University where he studied with Gene Witherspoon, Richard Fletcher and Hal Cooper.

An active proponent of America’s Music:  Jazz; Kenneth has performed and recorded with many of the major figures of the art.  Recent recordings include Ellis Marsalis, Lou Marini, Tom Malone, Jiggs Wigham, the Birmingham SuperBand, Michael Medrick and many others.  Kenneth’s popular group, “Top Shelf”, works consistently throughout the south and Midwest garnering praise for variety and entertainment.

The Jazz Studies program at Arkansas State is an obvious source of pride for the institution and community, including two large ensembles, four small groups and a vocal jazz group.  The ASTATE Jazz Orchestra has been featured at the Clinton Presidential Library and prestigious jazz festivals.  Recognized for outstanding soloists, graduates hold respected chairs in professional jazz groups, graduate assistantships, and educational institutions.  Each season, numerous jazz arrangers create new music for the ensemble; including Chris Clark, Tom O’Connor, Michael Medrick, and Chris Ott.

Kenneth’s current research focus is sound production and improvisation.  An active digital arts producer, he works exclusively with the Reason software and plug-ins.  For the past five years, Kenneth performs on the Akai EWI family of instruments, driving a host of computers, loopers, effects and voices designed by Matt Traum.  Immersed in the past and living the future, Kenneth’s musical interests span the bulk of recorded music with a primary focus on improvised musics.

Kenneth Carroll

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3763
F: (870) 972-3932


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 249