College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department Chair

Dr. Gregory Jones serves as the Chair of the IPFW Department of Music following 28 years at Truman State University in Missouri as trumpet professor and conductor of the brass choir.  He holds music degrees from Florida State University, the University of North Texas, and a Doctorate in Music Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music.  His wide variety of performance experiences include the Kansas City Symphony, the Moscow Radio Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Missouri Chamber Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Texas Baroque Ensemble, the Grand Teton Seminar Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Allen Vizzutti, Al Jarreau, Audra McDonald, Bill Conti, Joshua Bell, the Dallas Cowboys Band, and many others.  He has recorded for National Public Radio and performs often as a soloist or as a member of the Truman Brass and Truman Chamber Ensemble.  Dr. Jones has served as an artist-in-residence in Greece, a recipient of a Senior Fulbright Grant from the United States Information Agency and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and has been a member of the Fulbright Selection Panel in Washington, D.C.  

Recent performances and clinics include the Melos Brass Ionian Academy on the Greek Island of Corfu where he performed and taught with Chris Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony, Frits Damrow, principal trumpet of the Concertgebow Orchestra in Amsterdam, The Mnozil Brass, the Canadian Brass, and trombonist Christian Lindberg among others.  Dr. Jones also often visits Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania where he has taught and performed as part of an ongoing program aided by the U.S. Embassy in Tirana.  He frequently tours China including performing the opening concert of the first conference of the newly formed China Trumpet Guild.  In America he has recently appeared as a clinician at The Midwest Band Directors Clinic in Chicago and at Florida State University, Rice University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and at Missouri State University.

Students of Dr. Jones have won numerous awards from the International Trumpet Guild, the Music National Teachers Association, and other distinguished organizations.  Recent trumpet graduates hold teaching assistantships at the Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Western Michigan University, and the University of New Mexico.  The Truman Trumpet Ensemble under Dr. Jones’ direction has performed on ITG Conferences in College Park, Maryland and Richmond, Virginia and at the Florida Trumpet Festival in Tallahassee and the Western Carolina Trumpet Festival.  Many former students are successful high school music teachers including winners in the Greater St. Louis Marching Festival and Bands of America Grand Champions.

In addition to performing and teaching in the brass area, Dr. Jones also has designed and taught innovative interdisciplinary courses that investigate the unique musical and sociological conditions that fueled the British Invasion of popular music in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  This Truman based course was often offered as a study abroad experience in London and Liverpool, England.  Other study abroad courses led by Dr. Jones have included a jazz ensemble tour of Russia and brass and choral tours to Greece, Italy, and Australia.

Previously, Dr. Jones taught public school band in Texas and remains an active clinician and guest conductor for bands and brass groups.  Recent conducting appearances include the faculty wind group and brass ensemble at the Beijing Central Conservatory, Tianjin Conservatory in China, the Wind Music Festival in Saranda, Albania and directing the Truman Brass Choir in performances at the Missouri Music Educators Conference and for legislators at the Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.  He can be heard most recently on Alternate Voices:  Chamber Music for the Trumpet, a recording featuring the faculty members of the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.  He lives in Fort Wayne with his wife, Margo, an accomplished flutist and their children Derek and Rachel.

Gregory Jones