Simon Wildman began his musical training on the tuba at age 12. After graduating in 2004 from Morgantown High School he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2008 from West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown. He continued his studies, earning a master’s degree from Ohio University (OU) in Athens in 2010 and a doctorate from the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens in 2012. He studied with Dave McCollum of WVU, Jason Smith of OU, and David Zerkel of UGA.
In June 2012, Wildman won first prize in the International Tuba Euphonium Conference Competition in the Artist division, performing Roland Szentpali’s Concerto for Tuba with the Bruckner University Symphony Orchestra. In May 2012, he won second prize at the prestigious Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition. Recently he was a finalist and semi-finalist, respectively, in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Bands’ tuba auditions. He has won both UGA and OU Concerto competitions, performing Bozza’s Concertino and Vaughan Williams’s Concerto for Bass Tuba, respectively. Wildman was also a finalist and semi-finalist, respectively, for the Youngstown and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras’ principal tuba positions.
Prior to joining ““The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 2013 he performed with the Dayton Philharmonic in Ohio.