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James Ford III
Associate Professor

College of Arts and Letters
Department of Music

Office: MUS 70
Phone: 323-343-4081
Fax: 323-343-4063


Office Hours
Monday 1:30-2:30
Tuesday 5-6pm
Wednesday 1:30-2:30
Thursday 5-6pm


James Ford joined the Department of Music faculty in 2003. He teaches studio trumpet and courses in jazz studies. He is the current director of the CSULA Jazz Orchestra.

James Ford, III is a native of Georgia. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2003, he has established an impressive reputation as an accomplished all-around trumpet player. Dr. Ford’s dexterity and warm sound has allowed him to cross many musical boundaries. He performs in diverse musical settings including big band, small groups, orchestral, chamber, pop, and early music ensembles. Ford continues to experiment and broaden his musical palette.

Dr. Ford holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas. He also holds the Master of Music and Master of Music Education from University of North Texas and the Bachelor of Music from Valdosta State University.



Date Title
June 2002 "Medical Problems of Brass Instrumentalists: Prevalence Rates for Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, and Low Brass." Medical Problems of Performing Artists. (2002), 17/2, 93-98.
May 2003 "Medical Problems of Trumpeters." Symposium on the medical problems of trumpet players presented at the 2003 International Trumpet Guild Conference, Ft. Worth Texas.
March 2006 "Health Awareness in Music"  presented at The College Music Society: Pacific Southern Chapter, Los Angeles, CA
Winter 2007 "Jazz Education for the Non-Jazzer" CMEA Southern Section Mid-Winter In-Service Day, Burbank, CA



Doctor of Musical Arts
  University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

MMEd. Music Education
University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

MM Trumpet Performance
University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

BM Trumpet Performance
Valdosta State University

Valdosta, Georgia


Course Course Title Day & Time Room
MUS 312E Orchestral Instruments-High Brass M 6:10-8:40 Mus 149

MUS 424

Jazz Lab Ensemble MW 11:40-1:20 Mus 150
MUS 429 Jazz Combos M 6:10-10:00 Mus 149
117-417 Applied Trumpet TBA Mus 70




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