Colin Wood is a versatile saxophonist and educator passionate about helping all musicians understand and unlock their ability to improvise. He has performed in a variety of settings and genres in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and has studied and performed choro and bossa nova in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Wood received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Ohio State University, where he was a graduate teaching associate in the jazz studies area. His primary teachers have included Shawn “Thunder” Wallace, Michael Rene Torres, Jim Hill, Paul Scea and Michael Ibrahim.
Wood's research interests include teaching classical musicians how to improvise and incorporating improvisation more broadly in the higher education music curriculum. He has presented clinics at the Navy Saxophone Symposium and North American Saxophone Alliance conferences. With assistance from the University Institute of Teaching and Learning, Wood developed a new course for the music curriculum focused on improvisation in performance and pedagogy.
Wood has also helped coordinate various Ohio State School of Music outreach projects, including the annual Jazz Festival, Saxophone Camp and Jazz Camp. He currently teaches music theory, jazz composition, jazz arranging, and directs the Hard Bop jazz combo.