John William "Buzz" Jones is Professor of Music, Director of the Jazz Ensemble, and teaches theory, composition, and jazz history. In Fall 2012, he was Resident Director of the College's England Program and Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Lancaster. Dr. Jones has earned an ASCAP Standard Award in composition annually since 1996 and has been the recipient of numerous commissions for wind band, jazz ensemble, and chamber orchestra. For The People, an oratorio for brass band and soloists celebrating the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial, was premiered in 2009 with Stephen Lang (Avatar, Gods and Generals) as narrator. A new commission for wind quintet and baritone commemorates the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg and will be premiered in May 2013 at the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary.
Now in its 33rd year, The Buzz Jones Big Band has toured Europe three times with appearances at the North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals. The band has released four compact discs: Live! At The Montreux Jazz Festival (1995), Big Band Euro Tour (1997), Millennium Swing (2000), and What's Up In The Attic? (2007). The ensemble has performed with notable jazz artists such as John Pizzarelli and Denis DiBlasio as well as opening for legendary entertainers Tony Bennett and Bob Newhart. Buzz also conducted the Welsh Chamber Orchestra of Pennsylvania on a concert tour of Wales and England and at the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture Conference in Philadelphia. His jazz sextet performed and taught jazz workshops in German musikschules during the 2000s.
Dr. Jones is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, Phi Beta Mu (International Bandmasters Fraternity), National Association of Music Educators, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and was president of the International Association for Jazz Education from 2003-07. He has received the Creative Arts Achievement Award and the Alumni Citation from his alma mater, Lebanon Valley College.
John William Jones
B.S., Lebanon Valley College
M.M.Ed., Towson State University
D.M.A., Temple University