Born and raised in a small town in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Alan Baylock has composed music that is performed throughout the world. One of the most respected and sought-after jazz composers and educators in the industry today, he is the director of the Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas, and previously served 20 years as Chief Arranger for the USAF Airmen of Note in Washington, D.C. The Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra recorded three critically-acclaimed CDs and performed throughout the United States for 15 years. Baylock graduated from Shenandoah University (B.M. ’90), where he later became Jazz Composer-in-Residence, and the University of North Texas (M.M. ’94).
Baylock travels extensively as guest conductor and clinician and has been featured with close to 100 professional, collegiate, high school (all-state and regional), and middle school jazz ensembles. Alan is on faculty at the National Jazz Workshop (NJW) and directed the NJW All-Star Big Band in performances on the East and West Coast. He is an active member of the Jazz Education Network and is a strong advocate for women in jazz. In 2022, Alan teamed up with composer/arranger Annie Booth to establish Brava Jazz Publishing, whose mission is to support and champion women composers and arrangers in the field of big band jazz by creating a platform for their music to be widely published and distributed.
Baylock lives in Denton, Texas with his wife, cellist Maria Baylock. In his spare time, Alan enjoys playing table tennis, and golfing with his UNT Jazz colleagues.