- D.M.A., Trombone Performance, University of Alabama, 2010
- M.M., Euphonium Performance, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998
- B.M., Euphonium Performance, University of Alabama, 1996
Demondrae Thurman is Eugene O'Brien Bicentennial Executive Associate Dean, professor of music in euphonium, and chair of the Brass Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Thurman has an outstanding international reputation as a euphonium soloist, having performed in Europe, Asia, and throughout North America. Many of America’s premier colleges and universities have hosted him as a performer and teacher, and he continues to be in high demand. Over the past 10 years, he has been an invited guest artist/ clinician at many of the world’s prestigious euphonium festivals, including the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and Leonard Falcone Competition.
Thurman is also an active chamber musician. He plays first euphonium and trombone in the Sotto Voce Quartet, which tours extensively. He also plays first baritone horn in the Brass Band of Battle Creek, a British brass band comprised of many of the world’s best brass and percussion performers. In addition to his chamber music work, he is indemand as a euphonium specialist for symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra.