Eli Westerfield began his tuba studies as a freshman in high school in Fort Worth, Texas. He earned a degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas and intended to be a band director before specializing in the tuba. He then went on to earn a Masters in Performance from Oklahoma City University, and has just completed his Doctorate in Performance from the University of Alabama.
Eli is currently adjunct instructor of Tuba at Mississippi State University. He holds a similar position at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He also spent a year as the Assistant Director of Bands and Applied Low Brass instructor at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa. An active private instructor, he has regularly taught lessons since his undergrad degree. He also regularly serves as a marching tech for high school band camps in Texas.
Eli has extensive chamber music experience as a member of OCU’s Blackwelder Brass and Alabama’s Low Tide tuba/euphonium quartet. Blackwelder is an active brass quintet based in Oklahoma City, gigging and playing at church services. The Low Tide quartet has placed in both regional and international competitions, including ITEC.
His principal teachers include Don Little, Ryan Robinson, and Jeremy Crawford. When not practicing or teaching, he enjoys hiking and camping, reading, and saving for retirement.