Zach Tolman is pursuing a DMA in wind band conducting at the University of Arizona. Zach serves as a graduate conductor and assists with the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, UA pep bands, UA Wind Ensemble, UA Wind Symphony and UA Symphonic Band. He has written drill for and arranged music for the UA Athletic Bands. Additionally, Tolman instructs undergraduate conducting students. As a jazz studies minor at the University of Arizona, Tolman has performed with the university’s top jazz ensemble, the Studio Jazz Ensemble. Zach has also studied privately with renowned saxophonist Brice Winston.
Tolman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming in Music Education and Saxophone Performance. During his time at UW, Zach was a graduate teaching assistant and graduate conductor with all UW wind and athletic bands, a member of the University’s top ensembles, and recorded on two albums with the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble and the UW Saxophone Studio. Tolman competed around the United States in saxophone quartets.
Zach taught middle and high school band in Wyoming for nine years. His ensembles earned superior ratings throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Tolman was elected as the South Big Horn Basin music district president, the Wyoming Band Vice President and was the adjunct saxophone instructor at Central Wyoming College. In 2017, Tolman received the Wyoming Music Educators Association “Young Music Educator of the Year” award.
Tolman has presented at conferences across the country and is in demand as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator in the Rocky Mountain region.