Department of Music

Dr. Thomas Herb

Thomas Herb

Dr. Herb currently serves as Associate Professor of Music Education and as the Director of the Graduate Music Education program at Southern Utah University. An instrumental specialist with over two decades of experience, his background includes ten years as a middle school/high school band director, and more than ten years of directing college level ensembles. Since arriving at SUU, Dr. Herb has upgraded the Bachelor of Music Education degree and led the design and implementation of its first graduate music program, the Master of Music Education. He also is the advisor of the Collegiate NAfME club at SUU, where he organizes the Professional Workshop Series. Dr. Herb is also a published author of music education books, including his Teaching Improvisation ... in Concert Band?!? His articles are also published in multiple volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance In Band series.

As an active performing saxophonist, Dr. Herb is equally at home in classical and jazz idioms. He is a co-founder of the SUU Faculty Jazz Group called Kind Of Blue. His classical saxophone skills won him membership in two AFM concert organizations and he has been a concert soloist with multiple symphony orchestras. In the local Cedar City area, Dr. Herb can be found regularly performing with the West Coast Jazz Players, Cedar Jazz Dectet, The Shawn Owens Project, and The Southern Utah Rebel Jazz Band. He also frequently performs on SUU Faculty Recitals, Bon Appétit Recitals, The Great American Songbook Series, the Satellite Salon Series and OSU Recitals. Dr. Herb is also heavily involved in developing a monthly jazz series at Off The Cuff.

Dr. Herb’s services are available as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor, and performing as a guest artist.

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