Dr. Jeremy Marks is Assistant Professor of Music in Low Brass at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Dr. Marks earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin, Master of Music from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor of Music from Bowling Green State University.
Prior to his appointment at ULM, he held faculty positions at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Blinn College, and was the Teaching Assistant for the Trombone Studio at U.T., teaching applied lessons, serving as Assistant Director of the renown Trombone Choir, and as a member of the City Limits Brass Quintet. While studying at U.T., he performed in Germany, Switzerland, and France with the renown trombone choir, who received the honor of runner-up in the Emory Remington Trombone Choir competition. Dr. Marks has also served as a brass instructor at Van Alstyne I.S.D., Dripping Springs I.S.D., and James Bowie High School (Austin, TX). His students have successfully auditioned for trombone programs at institutions such as Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music, The University of Texas at Austin, Brigham Young University, the University of North Texas, and others to name a few. Dr. Marks has presented his research interests on the bass trumpet at the Big XII Trombone conference. His document, “The Collegiate Trombonist’s Guide to the Bass Trumpet” provides the pedagogical aspects of learning the instrument and its orchestral repertoire.
Along with Dr. Marks’s academic duties, he maintains an active performing career. Recently, Dr. Marks commissioned and premiered Reverie for Trombone and Wind Ensemble, written by Austin-based composer Christopher Ozley, with the Southeastern Symphonic Winds. He currently performs as Principal Trombone of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, and has held positions as the Principal Trombone of the Sherman Symphony and 2nd Trombone of the Brazos Valley Symphony. He has also performed in several other orchestras including the Mid-Texas, Round Rock, Southwest Michigan, and Bowling Green Symphonies. On bass trumpet and euphonium, he has performed in the Austin and Canton Symphonies. Dr. Marks can be heard on bass trombone with the Western Brass Quintet on the Arcadia record label and heard on other labels such as Naxos and Longhorn Music. He is a founding member of the Northside Trombone Quartet, winners of the 2013 International Trombone Association Quartet Competition, held at Columbus State University (the only American trombone quartet represented in the finals that year). NTQ has performed at several universities, conferences, and workshops including The International Trombone Festival, Big XII Trombone Conference, Low Brass Day (University of Texas – San Antonio), and The Civil Rights Summit with Presidents Obama, Clinton, Bush, and Carter in attendance. He frequently plays bass trombone with the jazz orchestras from McKinney and Frisco, and freelances in the Texoma area. Dr. Marks’s primary teachers include Dr. Nathaniel Brickens, Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger, Dr. William Mathis, and Garth Simmons.
Dr. Marks currently serves as the Web Assistant for the International Trombone Association, and holds memberships with the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, Texas Music Educators Association, the American Federation of Musicians, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is the new representative for the state of Louisiana’s chapter of TAPAS (Trombone Artists Performing for Amateurs and Students), an education initiative by the International Trombone Association. He is an S.E. Shires Artist.