In 1974, after leaving a position as composer-in-residence and coordinator of a music project in Kansas, he moved to Monroe, Louisiana where he taught at the University of Louisiana at Monroe – formerly Northeast Louisiana University.
That same year he joined the Monroe Symphony Orchestra as principal tubist, a position he held for 25 years. In 1992, he became assistant and then associate conductor of the orchestra. From 1999 until his retirement in 2003, he served as the symphony’s principal conductor and musical director. He also conducted ULMs University Orchestra for 13 years and the Monroe Youth Symphony for over five years.
For many years he performed with the Chamber Arts Brass Quintet and the Monroe Consort, an ensemble performing on Renaissance era instruments. His list of original musical compositions include works for orchestra, band, choir, chamber ensembles, solo instruments and voice. A number of his works are available from music publishers.
Major works include his “Symphony No. 2” for orchestra, commissioned by the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and his ballet “Ouachita Rhapsody” commissioned by the Twin City Ballet of Monroe-West Monroe.
Honors given to Dr. Jones include the 2002 Outstanding Artist Award from the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council and the Louisiana Governor’s Art Education Award for 1997. In 1998, the College of Liberal Arts at ULM recognized him as its outstanding teacher. For his final year at the university he served as Interim Director of the School of Music as it made the transition into the School of Visual and Performing Arts.
Dr. Jones retired to Gulf Shores, Alabama, with his wife Dee in 2003. That same year he joined the Baldwin Pops Band. He continues to write music, perform on the tuba and pursue his love of fishing in the Gulf.