Elizabeth Jones is a lecturer in the Core Writing Program at University of Nevada, Reno, and is completing a Ph.D. in English Studies from Illinois State University. Attending Illinois State is a family tradition, as her father completed the Bachelor of Music Education degree from ISU. Elizabeth also enjoys outdoor activities and is a certified snowboard instructor. She has spent most of her life around horses and is trained in natural hoof care.
Although Elizabeth changed her major from music as a college freshman but has remained an active performer with many different ensembles. She served in the Marine Corps as a French Horn player with the 2nd Marine Air Wing band, traveling throughout the Eastern half of the United States and Canada. She later played flute with the Compton Heights Band of St. Louis, and sang soprano with the Mineral Area Singers in southeast Missouri and the Welsh Choir of St. Louis.
Before coming to Reno Elizabeth played euphonium and trombone in several Illinois ensembles including the Springfield Municipal Band, Decatur Municipal Band, Sangamon Valley Orchestra, Brass Band of Central Illinois, Vintage Brass Band, and the 10th Cavalry Band. Her most memorable performances were playing Civil War vintage instruments from the Sousa archives at the University of Illinois for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's funeral in Springfield, Illinois.