Derek Detzler is currently an undergraduate Jazz Studies major at NIU. In high school, Derek was an active member in school ensembles, performing in the jazz ensemble, wind symphony, and marching band as well as ILMEA Honor bands and orchestras. In addition to school ensembles, Derek regularly performed in salsa bands and his ska band. After graduating, Derek enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a trumpet instrumentalist. During his four years in the service, Derek performed in four countries and performed everything from symphonic works to marches, from jazz standards to bugle calls. The military is also where Derek picked up his second instrument, the trombone. Upon leaving the military, Derek decided to pursue a formal education at NIU, where he currently resides. At NIU, Derek plays principal trumpet for the Philharmonic Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, as well as lead trumpet with the Jazz Orchestra.
Derek actively performs in Chicago with his jazz fusion group, Warped Wonder, his Brass Quintet, and is an active lead trumpet player on call for big bands.