Jason K. Nitsch is a native of Houston, Texas, and a graduate of the Baylor University School of Music, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in percussion. While at Baylor, Jason was a student of Michael Haithcock, Jeffrey Grogan, Jerry Luckhardt, and Dr. Larry Vanlandingham. He performed with the Baylor Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band (on clarinet), and Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Jason is a veteran of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. During his undergraduate studies, he was encouraged to explore his talents by numerous commissions from professors and colleagues. Conductors across the country have recently begun to enjoy Jason’s original and creative arrangements for band and wind ensemble. In the summer of 2000, he recorded his first film score, Passing By, a film by David M. Chandler and G. Kent Rabalais. In 2002, he was awarded an ‘honorable mention’ in the Metropolitan Wind Symphony Commissioning Competition for “Pictures for the American People,” a piece for wind ensemble based on the paintings of American artist Norman Rockwell.
Such notable groups and individuals as the Chicago Brass Choir; The Baylor University Symphonic Band; Dr. Kevin Chairizzio, professor of Trombone at Baylor; and many public school bands and orchestras have performed Jason’s music. His original works and arrangements have been performed at Baylor University, The University of Minnesota, Ole Miss University, Syracuse University, Arizona State University; in states throughout the country, including Texas, New York, Illinois, New Mexico, Maryland, Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota; and in Canada. Additionally, his music has been featured in concert at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago, Illinois in 2002 and 2004. While Jason enjoys the creative outlet available to him through composition, he remains committed to his lifelong dream of teaching. He currently serves as an assistant band director at Deer Park High School southeast of Houston, TX. Previously he has held similar positions at Dulles Middle School and Lake Olympia Middle School in the Fort Bend Independent School District, Sugar Land, Texas.
Professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), the Houston Composers Alliance (HCA), and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). He is a resident member of the Center for the Promotion of Contemporary Composers (CPCC) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).