Jason Tanksley

Jason Tanksley, Summer Brass Ensembles Conductor

Tubist Jason Tanksley is a performer and educator based in Fridley, Minnesota, and is currently the Instructor of Tuba at St. Olaf College. In addition to his work in higher education, Tanksley leads an active career as a performer. He has performed with orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Jacksonville Symphony. As a soloist, Tanksley has appeared with the International Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Concert Band, Wayne State University Symphony Orchestra, as well as its Wind Symphony. A native of Eastpointe, Michigan, Tanksley graduated from Detroit’s Wayne State University, where he studied with Dennis Nulty. Tanksley also holds a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied under the instruction of Yasuhito Sugiyama. Tanksley is proudly a B&S and Melton Meinl Weston performing artist and clinician.

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