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 Studies. Jason was a student of Michael Haithcock, Jeffrey Grogan, Jerry Luckhardt, 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 the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.
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 2002 he was awarded ‘Honorable Mention’ in the Metropolitan Wind Symphony Commissioning Competition for his “Pictures for the American People” for wind ensemble, based upon the paintings of American artist Norman Rockwell. In 2005 Bandworld Magazine selected "Ferris Wheel" for it's list of the top 100 new publications for band in 2004.
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; Ole Miss University; and Syracuse University. His music has been performed in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Texas, and also in Singapore, Australia, Europe 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), Resident Member of the Center for the Promotion of Contemporary Composers (CPCC), World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), Houston Composers Alliance (HCA), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), and the Percussive Arts Society (PAS).
Jason is currently published with 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 daughter Ainsley.