Jeffrey Cottrell, D.M.A.


Dr. Jeffery Cottrell, an active performer, teacher, and award-winning composer, currently teaches at both Hardin-Simmons University and Abilene Christian University. He earned his Doctorate at the University of North Texas under the instruction of internationally acclaimed euphoniumist Dr. Brian Bowman, tubists Everett Gilmore and Don Little, and trombonists Dr. Royce Lumpkin and Tony Baker.

He currently performs on tuba with the Key City Brass Quintet and trombone with the “oldies” rock band Johnny D and the Doo-Wops. He also plays trombone for the local dance band Fanfare, lead trombone for the West Texas Jazz Orchestra, and trombone and euphonium with the San Angelo-based combo Jazz Concho.

Dr. Cottrell has also performed with Bobby Shew, the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Tuba Quartet, Cap Rock Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Martha and the Vandellas, Dash Riprock and the Dragons, the Hi Roller Band, and numerous other ensembles on trombone, euphonium, and tuba. He has been featured as a soloist with several ensembles over the years such as the San Angelo Symphony, the Mansfield Wind Symphony, and the Hardin-Simmons Concert Band.

He can be heard on recordings with the North Texas Wind Symphony for the Klavier Wind Project and the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. He has also recorded with the blues artist Keith Taylor, and for other groups such as Brave Combo, Six Flags Over Texas, and The ET’s.

In great demand as a teacher and clinician across Texas, he has placed many students in the Texas All-State Band and Orchestra as well as the Dallas Youth Orchestra and the Ft. Worth Youth Orchestra.

Jeff's first love is composing and arranging. He has numerous published works that have been performed across the country in various venues, and in 2006, he was honored with the International Tuba-Euphonium Association’s Harvey Phillips Award for composition excellence for euphonium featured in jazz/rock/fusion.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Music, Composition, North Texas State University, 1985
  • Master of Music, Performance/Music Education, University of North Texas, 1996
  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Performance/Musicology, University of North Texas, 2004

Listen to Performances by Dr. Cottrell

Check out some of Dr.Cottrell's musical activities on YouTube:

  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
  • Colleges of Distinction
  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network