Tuba/Euphonium Faculty

Applied instruction in Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba

Undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music  Education and Performance

Dr. Jeff Baker, Associate Professor of Music

Jeff Baker is Associate Professor of Tuba & Euphonium at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Baker received music degrees from the University of Oklahoma (BM) and the University of North Texas (MM and DMA).  He has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Texas and Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and taught private lessons in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex for almost 20 years.

Dr. Baker is the Principal Tuba/Cimbasso for the Dallas Opera Orchestra.  As a freelance musician, he has performed with numerous ensembles including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Winds, the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and the Wichita Grand Opera.  Dr. Baker has also been a part of over twenty recording projects on the Dallas Opera, EPR, Ft. Worth Symphony, Klavier, Mark, and Naxos labels. He has performed as a featured soloist with a variety of groups in the United States and Brazil, most notably with the US Army Orchestra (Pershing's Own) and as a concerto competition winner with the University of North Texas Symphonic Band. 

In 2018, Dr. Baker received the H.M. Lafferty Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest research honor offered by Texas A&M University-Commerce, and in 2019, he was recognized as a Global Fellow for his teaching, service, and research in South America.

Dr. Baker serves as the coordinator for the Commerce, Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Allen TUBACHRISTMAS events and is the master of ceremonies for the Denton TUBACHRISTMAS.  These annual holiday concerts involve over 650 tuba and euphonium players from the North Texas area and total audience numbers in the thousands.  He is the creator and artistic director for the Texas Tuba Camp and a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, the International Trombone Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  

 

Brian Davis, Adjunct Instructor of Music

Brian Davis is the band director at Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas and one of the busiest professional low brass players in Dallas.  He has been the principal euphonium player for The Dallas Winds (formerly The Dallas Wind Symphony) since 1995 and has appeared on 14 recordings and hundreds of performances with the group.  Mr. Davis has also performed on euphonium and bass trumpet with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Fort Worth Symphony, The Dallas Opera, and numerous other regional orchestras. He is also founder and euphoniumist for the Texas Star Brass Band. 

 

An accomplished trombonist Mr. Davis has performed all over the Dallas area in numerous orchestras, shows, and bands such as the RAJE Big Band, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Good Question Band, Carabali and Caribbean Breeze Salsa/Merengue Bands, and The Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Band.  

 

Mr. Davis holds Bachelor’s degrees from Florida State University and The University of North Florida, and a Master’s degree from The University of North Texas where he was a member of the One O’Clock Lab Band and the UNT Wind Symphony.

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Dr. Ken Drobnak, Adjunct Instructor of Music

        Ken Drobnak serves as Instructor of Tuba & Euphonium at Texas A&M University - 

        Commerce and is a freelance teacher, clinician and tuba artist in the Dallas-Fort Worth

        Metroplex. Previously, he has held university teaching positions at the University of

        Texas Rio Grande Valley, Del Mar College, Northwestern Oklahoma State University,

        South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, The University of South Dakota and Rocky

        Mountain College (Billings, Montana).

        Dr. Drobnak has performed with the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, North East

        Texas Symphony Orchestra, Billings Symphony Orchestra, Allen Philharmonic

        Orchestra, Helena Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Winds, the South Dakota Brass Quintet

        and numerous other chamber ensembles. 

        In July 2018, Drobnak performed in Madrid, Spain at the invitation of the Spanish

       Association of Tubas and Euphoniums. He has performed at many universities in the

       central United States and co-hosted the 2017 South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium

       Conference at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He performed in Carnegie Hall

       with the National Wind Ensemble and in Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra

       Youth Orchestra. He appears almost every summer as a soloist with the Rapid City

       Municipal Band (South Dakota). 

       Dr. Drobnak currently serves as Historian of the International Tuba Euphonium

      Association and writes the Looking Back column for the ITEA Journal. He coordinates

      the Clifford Bevan Award for Research for ITEA. Dr. Drobnak has presented research at

      Regional and International Tuba Euphonium Conferences and also Regional and

      National Conferences hosted by the College Band Directors National Association. Tuba-

      Euphonium Press, currently part of Cimarron Press, has published many of his

      arrangements and settings for tuba.

     In 2005, Drobnak received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance from

     Michigan State University. He also holds a Master of Music in Conducting from The

     University of New Mexico and baccalaureate degrees in Music Education and Tuba

     Performance from The University of Akron (Summa Cum Laude).

     Dr. Drobnak’s former students can be found teaching in the public schools, performing

     with military bands, teaching at the university level, performing abroad and contributing

     to the music community. He is a member of the International Tuba Euphonium

    Association, College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Education

    Association, Historic Brass Society and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

    More information can be found at www.drobnakbrass.com.