Dr. Jason Ladd

Title: Assistant Professor and Director of Bands – Low Brass, Wind Ensemble, Conducting, Music Education
Department: Music
Email: jason.ladd@nicholls.edu
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 384 – Methods and Materials of Vocal Music
MUED 385 – Methods and Materials of Instrumental Music
MUS 190 — Symphonic Band
MUS 194 — Symphonic Wind Ensemble
MUS 243 – Wind Literature
MUS 301 – Basic Conducting
MUS 302 — Instrumental Conducting
MUS 390 — Symphonic Band
MUS 394 — Symphonic Wind Ensemble
MUS 432 – Orchestration and Band Scoring

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


Dr. Jason S. Ladd is in his fifth year at Nicholls State University where he teaches low brass, symphonic bands, 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. Dr. Ladd received degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM in tuba performance/music education), Syracuse University (MM in tuba performance and MM in music education), and Florida State University (PhD in music education).


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. Last year Dr. Ladd and Dr. Swihart performed A Sterling Suite by Hwaen Ch’uqi at the Southeastern Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference (SERTEC), held at Florida State University. 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. 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. He has presented at NAfMe’s History of Music Education Symposium, CODA’s national conference, at the North-Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association’s conference, the Louisiana Music Educators Association conference, the University of Louisville, and the College of Virginia at Wise. He recently presented research on tuba pedagogy at the 2013 NYSSMA, 2014 WMEA, and 2015 LMEA conferences. His memberships include the American Federation of Musicians, American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda.