Jeffrey L. Stokes studied double bass (with Oscar Zimmerman, Principal Double Bass in Toscanini's NBC Orchestra) and musicology at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. He subsequently took the PhD degree in musicology at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
First appointed to the Faculty of Music of The University of Western Ontario in 1970, he became Director of Graduate Studies in Music in 1984 and served as Dean from 1986 to 2000. During 2010-11, he briefly returned to administration as Acting Chair of Music Performance Studies. Professor Emeritus since 2015, he continues to undertake occasional research, performance, and consulting projects, but mainly composes and arranges for an amateur brass ensemble, in which he plays euphonium, one of his childhood instruments.