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About J.D. Salas

J.D. Salas, a native of Alamo, Texas (Rio Grande Valley), joined the faculty of Stephen F. Austin State University in the fall of 2006 where he serves as Associate Professor of Music in Tuba-Euphonium Studies and director of the SFA Swingn’ Aces Jazz Ensemble. J.D. received his Bachelor of Music degree in tuba performance from Baylor University in Waco, TX where he studied with Dr. Michael A. Fischer and his Master of Music degree from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. In 2011 he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Kentucky where he served as the teaching assistant studying under Dr. Skip Gray. Prior to his appointment at SFA, Dr. Salas served as Artist/Instructor of Tuba & Euphonium Studies at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand where he served as the country’s first full-time tuba-euphonium professor. Other previous teaching appointments include adjunct positions at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY where he taught low brass & jazz bass and Instructor of Tuba at Marshall University in Huntington, WV.


El Tubador: The Tuba's Use in Banda Sinaloense - This presentation will provide a brief introduction and discussion on the tuba's importance in banda music. It will cover historical contributions to the style and it's growing popularity.