Dr. Jonathan Latta is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Fort Lewis College teaching applied percussion, percussion ensemble, non-western music, orchestration and jazz. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Performance and Music Education from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music and a Master’s of Music in Performance from East Carolina University. In 2009 Jonathan finished his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Arizona School of Music.
Prior to returning school Jonathan was a member of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. During his time with the band he performed in over 300 performances serving as percussion/timpani for the Concert Band, drumset for the Commanders Jazz Ensemble, marching percussion for the Ceremonial Band and drumset for the Golden West Dixie Ramblers. Performances included the 2003 Tournament of Roses Parade, the 2004 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee and the internment of former President Ronald W. Reagan. As a member of the percussion section and the jazz ensemble rhythm section he gave clinics to elementary through college-age students throughout the west coast.
Jonathan’s other performing experiences include the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra. San Juan Symphony, North State Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, Tar River Symphony and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra. He has performed as a chamber musician in the Durango Chamber Music Festival and the Animas Music Festival. Recently he performed at the Percussive Arts Society Museum in Indianapolis, IN for a historic performance on Lou Harrison’s American Gamelan. He is currently a member of the Percussive Arts Society Education Committee and is chair of the College Pedagogy Committee He served as president of the Arizona Chapter of the Percussion Arts Society from 2007-2008. Jonathan was also recently published in Percussive Notes in April 2007, June 2009 and November 2009.