Doug Tidaback grew up in Mendota, a small farm town in Central Illinois. Doug attended the University of Illinois on a scholarship and received a Bachelors of Music in 1982. While at the University of Illinois, Doug studied with one of the pioneers of repertory jazz, Professor John Garvey.
Mr. Tidaback was the tenured Bass Trombonist of the Monterey Symphony from 1985 to 1994 and was a lead trombonist with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra for ten years. Mr. Tidaback has taught at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bradley University, the University of Illinois, Hartnell College, Heartland College, Lincoln College, The Birch Creek Music Center, the University of Arizona and the Catholic Schools of the Peoria Diocese. Ensembles directed by Mr. Tidaback have been featured and won 1st Place awards at The Notre Dame Jazz Festival, The Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, The Witchita Jazz Festival, The Eastern Illinois Jazz Festival, The Western Illinois Jazz Festival, The Pittsburgh Jazz Festival, The Monterey Jazz Festival, The Fullerton College Jazz Festival, The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Reno International Jazz Festival, IAJE Western Regional Conference, The Prescott Jazz Festival, The Teluride Jazz Festival, and many others.
Doug received a Masters of Music from California State University in 1992, and has completed course work and recitals and passed his oral and written exams towards a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Arizona.
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