Paul Young

Senior Lecturer

Division: Contemporary Music
Program: Jazz Studies, Music Industry
Director, Music Industry Minors Program

Expertise: Music Industry
Instrument: Trombone
Phone: (213) 740-3224
Office: TMC 102


Paul Young is a full-time instructor who teaches in the fields of music industry studies, music education, and private/applied trombone. Additionally, he serves as director of the music industry minors program.

An accomplished trombonist, Young began leading and booking professional groups from age 13. Earning his bachelor of music degree from University of the Pacific in 1993, he majored in music business/management under Dick Etlinger (former attorney for RCA and Casablanca Records) and Don Gorder (founder of Berklee College of Music’s music industry program) while performing all four years as the lead trombonist and a regularly featured soloist with the UOP Jazz and Wind ensembles. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 1993, Young started his private teaching studio and performed at night while working by day at Lee Solters Public Relations as a junior publicist for Paul Anka, Michael Jackson’s MJJ Records label, and actors from the TV show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In 1995, Young joined MCA Records working as a paralegal and a sample use coordinator for new releases by their artists, including Mary J. Blige, Heavy D, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Sublime. Moving over to their Licensing Department in 1997, Young became a licensing contract specialist and royalty collector for the label as they merged with PolyGram Records (later re-named Universal), and produced several compilation records for their re-issue imprint, Hip-O Records. By the time Young left in 2004, he had become director of Licensing and Contract Administration for Universal Music Group (now the largest record label in the world) and a highly in-demand performer and arranger for hire, effectively becoming a working professional in literally all styles of music.

To further his inter-disciplinary musical interests, from 2004-09 Young attended the USC Thornton School of Music to earn his master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees, working closely with professors Bill Watrous, Shelly Berg, Kim Richmond, Terry Cravens, Sheila Woodward, Mark Goldstein, and Dick McIlvery. As a student, he served several years as the lead trombonist in the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra and as a lecture assistant for the music industry department.

Now a full-time instructor at Thornton, Young specializes in teaching about music publishing, record companies, intellectual property, the business and legal aspects of the music industry, and other general music/technology classes for future performers, arrangers, and educators. Young is a certified member of the Technology Institute for Music Educators (“TI:ME”), teaches computer music notation classes for the American Federation of Musicians in Hollywood, and is on the board of the Rising Star Music Fund charity program run by former music industry professionals to benefit under-funded music education programs.

Young has performed with countless artists, including Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Bill Watrous, Bill Holman, Gerald Wilson, Les Brown, Med Flory, Steve Miller, Michael Bolton, Stevie Wonder, Take 6, Patti Austin, Wynonna Judd, Natalie Cole, Jason Mraz, Bebe Winans, Monica Mancini, Seth McFarlane and Ron Jones’ orchestra for the TV show Family Guy, in addition to recording such TV shows as American Dad, The Cleveland Show and CSI. He is currently a regular member of the John Daversa Progressive Big Band, Tex Beneke Band, Ron King Big Band, Budman-Levy Orchestra, Swing City Orchestra and freelances regularly throughout Southern California.