Derek Zimmerman is an active tuba player and music instructor from Germantown Hills, Illinois. Derek received his bachelor's degree in music performance at Illinois State University and is currently seeking his master's degree in music performance at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.
Derek has previously performed with groups such as the the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Heartland Festival Orchestra, Chicago Brass Band, and Peoria Municipal Band. Derek has founded the DisFunktional Brass Band where he is the musical director and sousaphone player. Derek also runs a youtube channel named "Tubazimm" where he creates tuba covers and hopes to entertain, inspire and educate about the tuba, brass playing, and music.
As an educator Derek is experienced teaching brass private lessons, coaching chamber ensembles, assisting in summer music camps. Derek has taught at schools such as Metamora Township High School, Normal Community High School, Prairie Central High School, and Illinois State University's Junior High Band Camp.