Jason Gregory is in is 16th year of teaching and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Bands and the Director of Percussion Studies for the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, KY. He also serves as the Director of Athletic Bands for duPont Manual High School. Prior to joining the YPAS and duPont Manual faculty in 2008, Mr. Gregory served as the Director of Bands for Henry County Middle and High School, North Oldham High School, Myers Middle School and assisted at Seneca High School. His teaching responsibilities at YPAS and duPont Manual include or have included Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, Intermediate Woodwinds, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, Music Theory I, Marching Band and Pep Band. Mr. Gregory oversees all aspects of the woodwind and percussion curriculum at YPAS
Mr. Gregory also serves as freelance percussionist, arranger and adjudicator throughout the state of Kentucky and Indiana. Over the years, he has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony and the Evansville Symphony. While with the Louisville Orchestra, he has performed with numerous artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Martina McBride, Frank Sinatra Jr, the Spinners and David Clayton Thomas of Blood Sweat & Tears. He is currently a member of the Chamber Winds of Louisville Concert Band, a community ensemble conducted by Dr. Frederick Speck, the Director of Bands at the University of Louisville. The ensemble recently performed at the 2013 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and at the KMEA Music Conference in 2012. Prior to becoming a band director, Mr. Gregory served as a clinician for Yamaha “Sounds of Summer” Camps, taught percussion for numerous high school percussion programs and served as the Percussion Caption Head for the Bluegrass Brass Senior Drum & Bugle Corps in 1997 and 1998. Currently, he serves as a music, visual and percussion adjudicator for various KMEA sanctioned marching band festivals, and a concert band festival and Solo and Ensemble adjudicator for the KMEA 5th District. As a percussion arranger, he has written for two Senior Drum & Bugle Corps, the University of Louisville and for numerous high school programs in the Kentuckiana area including his own band program.
Mr. Gregory is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Music (BME 2001) where his principal percussion teachers were Chad Stoltenberg, James Rago, Greg Byrne and Michael Ferraracio. He earned his Master Degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University (MED 2008). His professional affiliations include the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the Percussive Arts Society, the Jefferson County Teachers Association and NAfME, the national association for music education.
Jason Gregory currently resides in Louisville, KY with his wife Nikki, son Cole and daughter Hope. Both children are enrolled in Jefferson County Public Schools and Mr. & Mrs. Gregory are proud JCPS graduates.
Percussion Instructor - Brandon Hall
Brandon Hall has served as the Percussion Caption Head for the duPont Manual Band since 2010. He also serves in a similiar position at Cordyn Central High School in Indiana. His job responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the Manual percussion program including the Drum Line Ensemble, Pit Ensemble, Marching Technique, Electronics and Maintenance on equipment. He is a graduate of duPont Manual High School and the Youth Performing Arts School Percussion Program. Brandon attended the Oberlin Conservatory where his principal teacher was Michael Rosen.
Mr. Hall currently resides in Louisville where he runs his own construction/restoration business with family members.
Percussion Instructor - Hannah Gibson
Color Guard Instructors - Kate Adams and Aaron Storm