While completing his Bachelors of Arts degree at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, Jones participated in many performances, clinics and festivals with CSU ensembles. He is recorded with artist such as Jens Lindemann, Joseph Alessi, John Bruce Yeh and the CSU Wind Ensemble under the direction of Robert W. Rumbelow. He has performed with and has held the position of Artistic Director of the Auburn Knights Jazz Orchestra in Auburn, Alabama, and has won solo awards and scholarships through various festivals and competitions alike.
Courtney D. Jones in his final year at UCLA where he’s completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy, where he is also a Gluck Fellow and an active Instrumental Conductor. Jones has been the Assistant Conductor of the UCLA Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Large Jazz Ensemble, and frequently conducts chamber ensembles throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. He has performed with the Golden States Pop Orchestra, Southeast Symphony Orchestra, Debut Orchestra, and frequently performs in Los Angeles’ Classical Underground series which is an illustrious camaraderie of artists, musicians, and friends joining in their subversive belief in eternal, enduring, and ever-present living art. He has also shared the stage with such artists as Kenny Burrell, BB King, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Stevie Wonder to name a few. Between teaching and freelance performing, he promotes and encourages music education and instrumental performance throughout inner-city schools through the Music Outreach Program at UCLA. The Gluck Educational outreach provides schoolchildren in Los Angeles with a sequential arts-in-education program when music programs may be otherwise limited or absent. This program sends its participants into Los Angeles’ most underserved inner-city communities to provide music training and mentoring to talented at-risk youth.