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Jason Gardner

Graduate Conducting Intern | Graduate Teaching Assistant

Jason Gardner is a candidate for the doctor of musical arts in wind conducting at the University of Illinois UrbanaChampaign. He currently serves as a graduate teaching assistant with the University of Illinois Bands. He received his master of music in wind conducting degree from Ball State University in 2016 where he served as graduate teaching assistant with the Ball State University Bands and studied conducting with Dr. Thomas Caneva. In 2000, he earned a bachelor of music education degree from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

From 20002014, Jason served as a high school band director in Indiana, with the final eight years as director of bands at Mt. Vernon High School near Indianapolis. He conducted the concert bands and taught marching, jazz, and pep bands, music history, and music theory. He also oversaw an active indoor drumline, winter color guard, and steel drum ensembles. His bands earned the ISSMA “All-Music” Award multiple years for distinguished performance in marching band, jazz ensemble, solo/ensemble, and concert band. His bands consistently earned Gold Ratings including the “With Distinction” designation. In 2011, his concert band performed at the USS Arizona Memorial Service on the Pearl Harbor 70th anniversary.

Beginning in 2014, Jason became music director for the Indiana Youth Wind Symphony. The IYWS is an honors band for high school students from Central Indiana and is the educational outreach program for the Indiana Wind Symphony. Jason performed with the Indiana Wind Symphony and Indianapolis Brass Choir for eleven seasons and was a guest conductor of the IWS.

Jason is a native of Spencer, Iowa. He and his wife recently celebrated fifteen years of marriage and live with their three children in the Champaign area.

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