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?!? and is 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 Mr. C.P.s Jazz Band, Cedar Jazz Dectet, The Shawn Owens Project, and The Southern Utah Rebel Jazz Band. He also frequently performs on SUU Faculty Recitals, Bon Apptit Recitals, The Great American Songbook Series, the Satelite Salon Series and OSU Recitals. Dr. Herb is also the Founder/Director of The Jazz Alliance of Cedar City, a newly formed non-profit organization dedicated to bringing jazz performances to Cedar City. This organization runs the Jazz @ Off The Cuff concert series.

Dr. Herb has previously served as the Director of the SUU Jazz Band, the Director of Bands at Culver-Stockton College and led band programs at two successful high school programs. Under his leadership, all four programs became vastly improved in terms of total participants, quality of performances and quality of literature. At all levels, his skill and dedication to ensembles led to performances that were quickly called the highest caliber ever for each program.

 

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