Dr. Jonathan Latta is a teacher, performer, and advocate of percussion. He has had the pleasure of performing in California, North Carolina, Arizona, Texas, and Colorado. His diverse career has allowed him to perform as a timpanist with orchestras, big band drummer touring with an Air Force jazz ensemble, soloist with collegiate wind ensembles, hand drummer in world music ensembles, and percussion ensemble conductor. Jonathan is at home performing chamber music, symphonic music, world music, and jazz music.
Prior to returning to school for his doctorate, 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 Tournament of Roses Parade, the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee and the interment 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 (CO), 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. As a member of the Animas Percussion Quartet, he performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in San Antonio in November of 2015. He served as president of the Arizona Chapter of the Percussion Arts Society and is currently on the Competition Committee for the California Chapter.
Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Music Education from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music and a Master 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 coming to his current position as Assistant Dean at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, he spent six years as Director of Percussion Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.
When not working at University of the Pacific or performing music, Jonathan is happily playing with his two small children. He enjoys “trying” to play golf as well as keeping up with his favorite Bay Area sports teams. In the remaining spare time, Jonathan works towards music advocacy and leadership development as his passions.