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Kent Eshelman is the Professor of Euphonium and Tuba at Baylor University, having taught previously at Northern Arizona, Western Kentucky, and Grand Valley State universities and the Interlochen Arts Camp. He earned a BM in Tuba Performance and a BFA in Jazz Studies (Piano) from the University of Michigan; an MM in Tuba Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he held the Prize University Fellowship; and a DMA in Tuba Performance from Michigan State University, where he held the University Distinguished Fellowship. He has won international tuba competitions in Canada, South Korea, and the U.S., and he was awarded the Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording from the International Tuba-Euphonium Association. His recordings include two solo albums,
Message in a Tuba and Flavors; a brass quintet album,
Four American Stories (with Baylor Brass); a jazz album,
Life is Good; and a boogie-woogie and stride piano album,
In the Pocket. Dr. Eshelman has played with the Waco Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and has also performed with the Grand Rapids, Toledo, and San Antonio symphony orchestras as well as the Sotto Voce Quartet. He resides in Waco with his wife and musical collaborator, pianist Dr. In-Ja Eshelman, and their sons Glenn and Jay.