|Country||United States of America|
|Occupation||Arranger, Composer, Teacher|
|Categories||Classical, Musical, Soundtrack/Film Music|
Jason K. Nitsch was born in 1977 and is a native of Houston, Texas. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the Baylor University School of Music in Waco, TX and a Masters of Music in Music Education from Boston University. During the completion of his studies Jason was a student of Michael Haithcock, Jeffrey Grogan, Jerry Luckhardt, Dr. Patrick Jones and Dr. Larry Vanlandingham.
He has performed with the Baylor Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Jason is a veteran of Drum Corps International's Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming.
During his undergraduate studies Jason became quite interested in arranging, and subsequently, formal composition. His initial arrangements were well-received and he soon found himself inundated with requests; his catalogue of performed arrangements is quite substantial. During this time, Jason also began composing original works of varied instrumentation, and was encouraged by his professors and colleagues to continue exploring this developing talent.
Mr. Nitsch recorded his first film score in the summer of 2000, "Passing By", a film by David M. Chandler and G. Kent Rabalais. In 2005 Bandworld Magazine selected "Ferris Wheel" for it's list of the top 100 new publications for band in 2004 and selected "One the Banks of the River Shannon" for that honor in 2006. In 2010 he completed the score for the new film, "The Library of the Early Mind," a documentary project by noted authors and filmakers Edward Delaney and Stephen Withrow.
Jason's original works, commissions and arrangements include performances with The Chicago Brass Choir; Dr. Kevin Chairizzio, Professional Trombonist; Arizona State University; Baylor University; The University of Minnesota; Mesa State College, The University of North Texas, Ole Miss University; and Syracuse University. His music has been performed across the United States, Europe, Australia and Canada.
Mr. Nitsch's commissions have also been featured at the 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Conventions in Chicago, Illinois.
Professional affiliations include the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a former Resident Member of the Center for the Promotion of Contemporary Composers (CPCC), World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), Texas Jazz Educators Association (TJEA), Texas Music Adjudicators Association (TMAA) and the Percussive Arts Society (PAS). Since 2009 he has also served as an adjudicator for the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA), an organization which produces marching competitions held across the nation.
Jason is currently published with C. Alan Music Publishers of Greensboro, North Carolina; the FJH Music Company, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Mesa Music Publishers, Grand Junction, Colorado; and TRN Music Publishers, Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Although he enjoys the creative outlet available to him through composition, Jason remains committed to his lifelong dream of teaching music. He is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Klein Collins High School, having taught previously at Deer Park High School in Deer Park and Dulles Middle School and Lake Olympia Middle School, both of which are in the Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas.
He currently lives in Spring, Texas with his wife Nicole and daughters Ainsley and Payton.