Dr. Kent Eshelman
Assistant Professor of Tuba/Euphonium
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Waco TX 76798-7408
Phone: (254) 710-6278
Fax: (254) 710-3574
Kent Eshelman is the First Place winner of numerous national and international solo competitions, including the Jeju (Korea) International Brass Competition, the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition (Artist and Student divisions), and the Midland-Odessa Symphony National Young Artist Competition. He has performed at many of the major tuba-euphonium conferences of the past decade and appears frequently as a guest artist at universities. As a jazz musician, he won first place in the Rich Matteson International Jazz Tuba and Euphonium Competition and has performed as soloist with the U.S. Army Blues.
In addition to solo activities, Dr. Eshelman is principal tubist of the Waco Symphony Orchestra and has performed as substitute or extra tubist with the Grand Rapids, San Antonio, and Toledo symphony orchestras as well as with the Sotto Voce Quartet. An active member of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association (ITEA), he serves on the Conferences Committee, appears frequently as a competition adjudicator, and was host of the 2011 ITEA South-Central Regional Conference. His publications include a classical tuba CD entitled Flavors (Equilibrium), a jazz tuba CD entitled Life Is Good (PKO Records), a boogie-woogie and stride piano CD entitled In the Pocket, and a salsa tuba-euphonium quartet composition entitled “Fortitude” (Cimarron Music Press).
Born and raised in Westerville, Ohio, Kent Eshelman studied tuba and jazz piano at the University of Michigan before earning graduate degrees in tuba performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University, where he held the top university-wide fellowships. His teachers include Jim Akins, Fritz Kaenzig, Ellen Rowe (jazz piano), Philip Sinder, John Stevens, and Gary Tirey.
Dr. Eshelman resides in Waco with his wife and musical collaborator, pianist Dr. In-Ja Song Eshelman, and their two sons, Glenn and Jay.