Jeff Arwood began his musical studies in Huron, SD, with Paul Christensen, a veteran of the famous Sousa Band. Having received a Bachelor’s degree in Music, Jeff worked for two years as band director at Roncalli High School in Aberdeen, SD. During this period he earned a Master’s degree in Education from Northern State University.
Jeff joined The US Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” in 1969 and in 1972 began appearing as a regularly-featured soloist with the band under the baton of Colonel Samuel R. Loboda. He was appointed the Band’s principal tubist and tuba section leader in 1976. Jeff attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and earned a Master of Music degree in 1973. During the span of his career as premier brass soloist with The Army Band, he was featured at virtually every major music conference in the United States. Several solo arrangements and original compositions were written for Sergeant Major Arwood. Among them, Concerto for Bass Tuba by Thomas Beveridge, Poéme by Mark Camphouse and Latin Fantasy by Mark Taylor. SGM Arwood appeared frequently as guest soloist with bands and orchestras in the United States and abroad. In 1981 he was the featured soloist with the Royal Marines Orchestra in Deal, England, and in 1991 appeared as a guest clinician at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. He founded and organized the US Army Tuba-Euphonium Conference in 1983 and served as conference chairman until his retirement in 1994. Upon retirement, Sergeant Major Arwood was awarded the Legion of Merit for exemplary military service.
Jeff served as an associate editor for the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association Journal from 1982 to 1991 and is the author of several professional articles in the fields of music and education. In September of 1994 he was hired by Fairfax County Public Schools as a school administrator. In 2001 he was selected to manage and oversee the principal selection process for the entire school system which ranks 10th largest in the nation. He advanced to the position of coordinator of administrative employment in 2005 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2010.
Jeff has one daughter, Amanda, and lives in Haymarket, VA with his wife, Mary. He currently serves as manager of the Virginia Grand Military Band and performs as a member of the tuba section.