Jacob Hardy is a graduate of the University of Florida with a masters in music performance, concentrating on Bass Trombone. Prior to UF, Jacob completed an undergraduate degree at Eastern Illinois University in 2018 where he studied music performance with a concentration in jazz studies on tenor trombone. While at UF, Jacob performed with the Wind Symphony, University Orchestra, Big Band, Graduate Brass Quintet, New Music Ensemble, UF Chamber Winds, Student Brass Ensemble, UF International Brass Festival Faculty Ensemble, and the UF Trumpet Ensemble. Outside of performing responsibilities, he coordinated and conducted the UF Trombone Choir, helped coordinate weekly convocations, and worked with the Gator Marching Band trombone section.
While at UF, Jacob auditioned for the 2019 International Trombone Festival’s Douglas Yaxley Bass Trombone competition, where he was awarded honorable mention. He performed at the 2018 festival with the EIU Jazz Trombone Quintet and the 2021 festival with the UF Trombone Choir. He has also been a participant at the Southeast Trombone Symposium on both tenor and bass trombones during the summers of 2016-2018, and a participant and Graduate Assistant of the DC Trombone Workshop in the Summer of 2019 on bass trombone. Currently, Jacob is a freelance trombonist in the state of Florida. He holds the position of Assistant Principal/Utility Trombone with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra and has made appearances as a guest section player with The Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, and Jacksonville Symphony. He is also a founding member of the UF Brass Band as principal trombone and section coordinator.