Ayatey Shabazz is a native of Biloxi, Mississippi, where he currently works and resides. He received his formal training in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi where he also studied composition and jazz arranging with Dr. Albert Gower. Shabazz taught elementary, Jr. High and high school band in the Mississippi Gulf Coast region, and has written custom arrangements and field shows performed by high school and college marching ensembles throughout the country as well as drum corps in Europe.
Mr. Shabazz is in demand as a composer of original works in the concert idiom. In addition to his many published concert works, he has been commissioned to write multiple works for ensembles in the US and abroad as well as music for film and Television including orchestrating and arranging underscore for the hit movie Incredibles 2.
Mr. Shabazz is the Founder, President, and CEO of The Devmusic Company and Devmusic Educational Systems, the professional development branch for education. The company focuses on quality print music for marching bands, concert bands, jazz bands, and percussion ensembles.
The company also provides administration, engraving and music preparation services for a variety of composers, artists and other publishing companies. The Devmusic Company is a global music publishing company with worldwide distribution.
Ayatey is a member of multiple professional and industry organizations, including the Music for All Board of Directors, (NARAS) The National Recording Academy, (AFM-47) American Federation of Musicians Local 47, (AIMP) Association of Independent Music Publishers, (ASMAC) American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers and (ASCAP) American Society of Composers Authors & Publishers, California Copyright Conference, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), (NFHS) National Federation of State High School Associations.