Jason Scott Ladd

Organization: Nicholls State University
Title: Assistant Professor and Director of Bands
ALP Certificate 1997
Musical Studies: Tuba
Musical Specialties: Higher Education, Large Ensemble
Non-Musical Specialties: Leadership
Quote: “The ALP helped develop my soft skills as well as a mindset as a researcher. One of the best parts of the ALP was to learn from professors I wouldn’t have had a chance to interact with otherwise.”


Dr. Jason S. Ladd is the director of Nicholls State University Wind Ensemble, which he conducted at the 2022 Southern Division CBDNA Conference. He also teaches low brass lessons and music education courses. Previously, he taught at Marquette University, where he led the orchestra and other ensembles. He has taught courses at Florida State University, served as an adjunct professor of tuba/ euphonium at Syracuse University, and was a public school teacher at various levels in the state of New York. As a tuba player he has performed with the Binghamton Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Symphoria, the Wisconsin College and University Faculty Brass Ensemble, and the Utica Symphony as well as a chamber musician at the 2018 SERTEC Conference and 2023 Music for Women Festival in Mississippi. He studied tuba with Cherry Beauregard, Paul Ebbers, David Fedderly, Toby Hanks, and Don Harry as well as his father Kevin Ladd. His compositions have been read by the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cassatt Quartet, and the Eppes Quartet as well as been performed by the Eastman School of Music’s Tuba Mirum and the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble. His Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble was premiered in November 2022. His composition teachers include Nicolas Scherzinger, Andrew Waggoner, and Mark Wingate. He also took additional lessons with Ellen Taafe Zwilich and studied orchestration with Augusta Read Thomas. Dr. Ladd has guest conducted the University of Louisville Symphonic Band and the 2015 Wisconsin College All-Star Band as well as high school honor bands.