Chad "Sir Wick" Hughes

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Chad "Sir Wick" Hughes


Chad "Sir Wick" Hughes (b. 1977, Detroit, Mich.) in an American composer, trombonist and educator.

Sir Wick graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.Mus in composition, andfrom Kansas State University M.Mus. He studied under James Aikman, Erik Santos, Bright Sheng, Curtis Curtis-Smith, Craig Weston, and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer William Bolcom. Sir Wick graduated with his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University where he studied with Dinos Constantinides and Carlos Riazuelo in music composition and orchestral conducting, respectively.

Dr. Hughes' compositions and arrangements have been premiered and performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Morehouse College, Graceland University, Indianapolis Pops Symphony, University of Memphis, University of Michigan, Baker University, Alcorn State University, Bowling Green State University, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Tennessee State University Clark Atlanta University, and Montana State University. Sir Wick has been commissioned by Weston Sprott, acting principal trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Demondrae Thurman, associate professor of low brass at Samford University, and Kenneth Thompkins, principal trombonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is currently writing a trumpet sonata for band for David Hunsicker, trumpet professor at Wichita State University.

As a trombonist, Sir Wick has performed with The Temptations, Martha Reeves, Dwele, Tia Fuller, Aretha Franklin, Marcus Belgrave, Marc's Project, and has arranged for Pharoahe Monch and Young RJ. His novical soundtrack "A Tale of Two Fools" reached No. 1 on the UK Soul Charts and peaked at No. 2 on the UK Sweet Rhythm charts.

As an adjudicator and clinician, Sir Wick has been active in the state of Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Kansas. Sir Wick as "Dr. Hughes" is currently the director of bands at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga, where he also teaches history of jazz, orchestration, trombone, and improvisation.

Works for Winds


  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 364.
  • Sir Wick Music Accessed 29 June 2020