MUCS Jarrod Williams, tubist with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, taught a master class for the IUP tuba and euphonium studio and performed a recital in Gorell Recital Hall on February 4, 2016.
MUCS Williams performed works by Jaques Casterede, Sergei Prokofiev, Eugene Bozza, Martin Ellerby, and Gene Koshinski. He collaborated with IUP piano faculty Henry Wong Doe and IUP student percussionist Michael Garbett.
Williams has been playing professionally in the Baltimore/Washington area for nearly 20 years. He earned bachelor and master of Music degrees from the University of Kansas, and a doctor of Musical Arts in tuba performance from the University of Maryland in 2012. His teachers include Robert Loffler, Bill Hartman, Scott Watson, Max Bonecutter, Toby Hanks, and David Fedderly.
In addition to his military performance schedule with the United States Naval Academy Band, he enjoys performing with the Brass of the Potomac and the Bayfield Brass Quintet, coaching local middle and high school brass sections, and teaching tuba and euphonium at Anne Arundel Community College. He has also played with regional orchestras in Kansas, Missouri, and Maryland, and served as chairman of International Tuba and Euphonium Conference Competition committees in 1998 and 2010, respectively.
MUCS Williams auditioned and was selected for assignment with the Naval Academy Band in 1996. Following recruit training at RTC, Great Lakes, he reported for duty as tubist with the concert, marching, and ceremonial units. He was named principal tubist in 1998 and is currently the band's training officer and awards writer. An accomplished arranger, MUCS Williams' transcriptions have been performed by the Naval Academy Band's tuba quartet, brass quintet, brass ensemble, and ceremonial bands, as well as the Washington Symphonic Brass and Symphonia, a professional tuba ensemble.
MUCS Williams has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Good Conduct award (six awards), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal.