Dr. Jason S. Ladd is in his sixth year leading the Marquette University Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as director of the Marquette University Symphonic Band as well as co-directs the Marquette University Pep Band. His previous positions include teaching in the public schools of Oswego (NY) and Syracuse (NY) and also serving as an adjunct professor in tuba and euphonium at Syracuse University. Musicians he has performed with include the national touring company of Chicago, vocalist Nancy Wilson, saxophonist Dave Liebman, tubist Howard Johnson, and conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama.
Dr. Ladd received a Bachelor’s degree in Tuba Performance/Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, Master’s degrees in Tuba Performance and Music Education from Syracuse University, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education from Florida State University. As a composer his works have been read by the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cassatt Quartet, and the Eppes Quartet as well as performances by the Eastman School of Music’s Tuba Mirum and the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble.
Dr. Ladd has served on the advisory board for the NAfME Music Educator’s Journal and on the strategic planning committee of the College Orchestra Directors Association. He has presented at the CODA's national conference at Northwestern University and at the North-Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association's conference at Central Michigan University as well as presented reseach at state conferences in New York and Wisconsin. Dr. Ladd has written for the CODA Journal and the Music Educator's Journal. His memberships include the American Federation of Musicians, American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, College Band Directors National Association, College Orchestra Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda.