Department of Music

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Thomas HerbThomas Herb

Dr. Herb is an instrumental music education specialist with 18 years of experience. He has taught and conducted instrumental ensembles, as well as overseen full instrumental programs in high school and collegiate settings. Additionally, Dr. Herb has led music teacher preparation programs for over 8 years. Dr. Herb is also a published author of music education books, having written Teaching Improvisation ... in Concert Band?!? and contributed to the Teaching Music Through Performance In Band: Solo Edition book.

Dr. Herb began his appointment as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Southern Utah University in 2009. As part of the music teacher preparation program at SUU, Dr. Herb teaches Instrumental Teaching Methods, Instrumental Ensemble Literature, and the Student Teacher Seminar/Observations. Additionally, he has developed and implemented a Music Technology for Music Educators curriculum for future music educators. Dr. Herb also runs the Jazz program at SUU, premiering the Jazz Guest Artist Series while generating greater interest in jazz and jazz performances. A growing number of saxophone students at SUU also study with Dr. Herb.

As a saxophonist, Dr. Herb performs classical and jazz music equally well. A list of groups he has performed with include multiple symphonies, wind bands, big bands, jazz combos and saxophone ensembles. He is an active performer who has performed as a soloist in 9 states, spanning the West Coast, Midwest and Washington D.C.

As a conductor, Dr. Herb has conducted high school honor bands in both symphonic band and jazz band settings. He has also guest conducted the SUU Wind Symphony and the Orchestra of Southern Utah.

Dr. Herb has worked as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the west coast and the midwest. He is available for clinics, guest conducting, guest performing and as an adjudicator.

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