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Jonathan Latta, D.M.A.

Assistant Dean and Lecturer in Percussion


Phone: 209.932.2983
Website: Jonathan R. Latta


B.M., University of the Pacific

M.M., East Carolina University

D.M.A., University of Arizona

Curriculum Vitae 

Dr. Jonathan Latta is currently Assistant Dean and Lecturer in Percussion at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. Prior to coming to Pacific, he was Director of Percussion Studies for six years at Fort Lewis College teaching applied percussion, percussion ensemble, non-western music, orchestration, and jazz. He 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 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 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 Stockton Symphony, Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra (CO), San Juan Symphony, North State Symphony, Long Bay 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 International Convention in San Antonio, TX. He is a member of the California PAS Competition Committee and is a Vic Firth Education Artist.