Nicholls State University


Dr. Jason Ladd

Title: Assistant Professor and Director of Bands – Low Brass, Wind Ensemble, Conducting, Music Education
Department: Music
Office Phone: 985-448-4257
Office Location: 120 Printing and Student Publications


B.M. Eastman School of Music
M.M. Syracuse University
PhD Florida State University


EDUC 465: Student Teaching in the Secondary Schools
MUED 383: Foundations of Music Education
MUED 385: Methods and Materials of Instrumental Music
MUS 194: Wind Ensemble
MUS 243: Wind Literature
MUS 301: Basic Conducting
MUS 302: Instrumental Conducting
MUS 394: Wind Ensemble

PERFORMANCE COURSES: MUS 161, 162, 171, 172, 261, 262, 271, 272, 371, 372, 400, 471, 472


Dr. Jason S. Ladd has taught at Nicholls State University since 2015 where he directs the Nicholls Wind Ensemble as well as teaches low brass lessons and music education courses. Previously, he taught for six years at Marquette University where he led the orchestra, symphonic band, and co-directed the pep band. He has also taught courses at Florida State University, served as an adjunct professor of tuba and euphonium at Syracuse University, and was a public school teacher at various levels in the state of New York. As a tuba player he has performed with the Binghamton Philharmonic, Eastman Philharmonia and Wind Ensemble, Florida State University Philharmonia and Wind Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Monroe Symphony, Symphoria, the Wisconsin College and University Faculty Brass Ensemble, and the Utica Symphony as well as with the national touring company for the musical Chicago. His tuba teachers include Cherry Beauregard, Paul Ebbers, David Fedderly, Toby Hanks, and Don Harry as well as his father Kevin Ladd. Dr. Ladd has also taken euphonium lessons with Mark Kellogg, played in masterclasses for Roger Bobo and Velvet Brown, and performed in brass ensembles led by Vincent Cichowicz, John Marcellus, and Roger Voisin. His compositions have been read by the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cassatt Quartet, and the Eppes Quartet as well as been performed by the Eastman School of Music’s Tuba Mirum and the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble. His Marzan Forest was premiered at the 40th Anniversary of the Potsdam Brass Quintet. His composition teachers include Nicolas Scherzinger, Andrew Waggoner, and Mark Wingate. He also took additional lessons with Ellen Taafe Zwilich and studied orchestration with Augusta Read Thomas. Dr. Ladd has guest conducted the University of Louisville Symphonic Band and the 2015 Wisconsin College All-Star Band as well high school honor bands.

The Nicholls Wind Ensemble, under his leadership, has premiered works by Kimberly Archer, Ben Robichaux as well as been involved in commissioning works from His orchestra at Marquette Orchestra performed a wide array of repertoire including Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the Great Mass in C Minor K. 427 by Mozart as well as works by Eric Ewazen and Philip Glass. While working on his graduate degrees he conducted such groups as the Florida State Wind Orchestra, Florida State Chamber Winds, Florida State Symphonic Band, and the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble. Among Dr. Ladd’s conducting teachers include Richard Clary, James Tapia, and David Effron. He has also attended the Northeast Wind Conducting Symposium at Ithaca College and the Art of Band Conducting and Rehearsal Workshop at the University of Texas where his conducting teachers included Stephen Peterson, H. Robert Reynolds, Michael Haithcock, Craig Kirchhoff, Richard Floyd, Larry Livingston, and Jerry Junkin. Dr. Ladd has served on the advisory board for NAfME’s Music Educator’s Journal and the strategic planning committee of the College Orchestra Directors Association.


2022 – IGEB Conference in Bolzano, Italy Presentation: The Divergent Trends in Programming by High School and College Bands in the United States
2022 – Nicholls Wind Ensemble performance at the CBDNA Southern Division Conference in Columbia, SC.
2022 – LMEA Conference in Baton Rouge, LA Presentation: Developing Success for Your Ensemble by Planning Ahead with Dr. Kenna Veronee, ULM
2022 – LMEA Conference in Baton Rouge, LA Poster Session: CBDNA Band Size Preference
2019 – FMEA Conference in Tampa, FL Poster Session: An Analysis of Repertoire Performed at Florida MPA 2016-2017
2017 – LMEA Conference in Baton Rouge, LA Poster Session: An Analysis of Repertoire Performed at Florida MPA 2016-2017
2017 – Oklahoma Symposium on the History of Music Education in Oklahoma City, OK Presentation: The History of the College Orchestra
2016 – LMEA Conference in Baton Rouge, LA Presentation: Brass Fundamentals and Their Application to Band Repertoire with Dr. Matthew Swihart, Nicholls
2015 – LMEA Conference in Baton Rouge, LA Poster Session: The Tuba: A Survey of College Tuba Teachers and HS Band Directors
2012 – North Central Division CBDNA Conference in Mt. Pleasant, MI Presentation: A History of College Band Programming: We Are What We Do
2012 – College Orchestra Directors Association National Conference in Evanston, IL Presentation: The History of the College Orchestra 2010-2013 Milwaukee Symphony Pre-Concert Lectures