Dr. Thomas Herb
Dr. Herb is an instrumental music education 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. Additionally, Dr. Herb has led music teacher preparation programs for over 10 years. Dr. Herb is also a published author of music education books, including his Teaching Improvisation ... in Concert Band?!? and is published in multiple volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance In Band series.
As an active and well-rounded saxophonist, Dr. Herb performs equally well 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 organizations (California Wind Orchestra and Quincy Park Band) and additional notable orchestral performances including solos and section work with the Quincy Symphony and the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Dr. Herb has also performed regularly with the Mississippi Valley Saxophone Quartet, the Illinois Missouri Swing Machine, Ben Bumbry and the Messengers, and the Bullis Rutter Big Band. In the local Cedar City area, Dr. Herb can be found performing on SUU Faculty Recitals, Bon Appétit Recitals, the Satellite Salon Series, the OSU Recital Series and the Southern Utah Rebel Dance Band.
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.