Chief Musician James E. Jackson III, principal euphonium, is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to his position with the Coast Guard Band, Jackson is presently the director of the Connecticut College Orchestra, the music director and conductor of the Thames Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lecturer of Euphonium Studies at the University of Connecticut, and Professor of Euphonium at the Hartt School. As a performer with the tuba and euphonium quartet Alchemy, he appears annually in Northern Germany, presenting solo performances, lecturing at master classes, and conducting brass ensembles. He was principal baritone of the Lexington Brass Band and a featured soloist with the band at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in 1997. He has also performed as a soloist with ensembles at the University of Kentucky, George Mason University, and the University of Connecticut, where he premiered Allen Feinstein’s concerto for euphonium and band, Swimming the Mountain.
MUC Jackson is a founding member of the Kentucky Horse Park Four Horsemen Tuba Quartet and the Concord Tuba-Euphonium Quartet. He was a recipient of the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship at the University of Kentucky, toured Spain as a member of the American Spiritual Ensemble, and was a first place winner in the 1995 International T.U.B.A. conference Tuba-Euphonium Quartet competition and a first place winner at the prestigious Leonard Falcone International Solo Euphonium Competition in 1994. He has been a clinician throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe at numerous universities, colleges, and public schools. He is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in euphonium performance with an emphasis in instrumental conducting at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He received a Master of Music degree in euphonium performance in 1995 from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Kentucky in 1993.