|Dr. Cottrell is an active performer, teacher and award winning composer. He currently teaches at McMurry University, Hardin Simmons University and Abilene Christian University. He earned his Doctorate at the University of North Texas under the instruction of internationally acclaimed Euphoniumist Dr. Brian Bowman, tubist Everett Gilmore and Don Little, and Trombonists Dr. Royce Lumpkin and Tony Baker.
He performs on euphonium, trombone, and tuba with the Legend Brass Quintet; trombone and tuba with Razzmajazz Dixie Land Band; and trombone with Johnny D and the Doo-Wops. He has also performed with the Irving Symphony, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Tuba Quartet, Cap Rock Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Martha and the Vandellas, Dash Riprock and the Dragons, the Hi Roller Band, and numerous other ensembles on trombone, euphonium, and tuba. He has been featured as a soloist with several ensembles over the years such as the Mansfield Wind Symphony, the Summit High School Jazz Band, and the Hardin-Simmons Concert Band. Dr. Cottrell can be heard on recordings with the North Texas Wind Symphony for the Klavier Wind Project and the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. He has also recorded with the blues artist Keith Taylor, and for other groups such as Brave Combo, Six Flags Over Texas, and The ET’s, He is greatly in demand as a teacher and clinician across Texas, and has placed many students in the Texas All-State Band and Orchestra in addition to the Dallas Youth Orchestra and the Ft. Worth Youth Orchestra.
Jeff's first love is composing and arranging; several of his pieces have been premiered by North Texas academic and professional groups. In 2006 he was honored with The International Tuba-Euphonium Association’s Harvey Phillips Award for Composition Excellence for euphonium featured in jazz/rock/fusion.
Dr. Jeffrey Cottrell has recently been selected to represent a new professional model trombone designed by Walter Nirschl. Meister Walter Nirschl is the brand reserved for the instruments continuing in the J.W. York and Sons tradition in the shop in Geretsried, Bavaria. These instruments are played in some of the finest orchestras in the World. Many of the design and playing characteristics have been duplicated in the instruments produced under the W. Nirschl brand, such as the new H-880-LQ trombone that Dr. Cottrell plays.