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Mark Eliot Jacobs, Instructor in low brass at Southern Oregon University, is the principal trombone in the Rogue Valley Symphony. He plays trombone and euphonium with various performance organization throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California. He also plays early low brass instruments: the sackbut, the serpent, the English bass horn, and the ophicleide. Mark also teaches low brass privately in Medford and Ashland, Oregon.
Born in 1960, Mark Eliot Jacobs began composing at age eleven in the course of his piano lessons. In time, he went on to earn his Doctor of Music degree in composition from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, in 1987. His major teachers included Stephen Syverud, Peter Gena, and Ben Johnston. He is experienced in composition for a wide range of ensembles and media, including computer and electronic music. His recent major works for wind quintet, brass quintet, and saxophone quartet are eclectic in style. Recent performances by SOU and regional ensembles of these pieces are sparking interest in his music.
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