Jason Gregory is in is 19th 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. His YPAS ensembles have perfomed at the Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Hall, the Music for All National Band Festival and the MFA Sandy Felstein National Percussion Festival, the KMEA Professional Development Conference and most recently, the 2017 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. The YPAS Percussion Ensemble also won the Black Swamp Percussion International High School Percussion Ensemble competition in 2015 under his leadership.
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. Hope is enrolled in Jefferson County Public Schools. Mr. & Mrs. Gregory and Cole Gregory are proud JCPS graduates.
Percussion Instructors - James Gibson James is a percussion alumnus of YPAS/duPont Manual. He earned a Music Performance Percussion degree from the University of Louisville and is a former member of the U of L Cardinal Marching Band. He is currently working on his masters Degree in Percussion Performance with emphasis on Steel Pan at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL.
Percussion Instructors - Cole Gregory Cole is a percussion alumunis of YPAS/duPont Manual. He currently a Music Performance Percussion major at the Univerity of Louisville (also a former member of the Cardinal Marching Band). His primary teachers include Dr. Greg Byrne and jazz vibraphonist Dick Sisto. His responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the Manual marching percussion program including the Drum Line Ensemble, Front Ensemble, marching technique, electronics and maintenance on equipment. In addition to working with duPont Manual HS, he has also instructed at North Oldham HS, North Hardin HS and runs his own private teaching studio with over 20 middle school, high school and adult students. Many of his students have made top honors ensembles as well as KY All-State ensembles.
Percussion Consultant - Michael Lanius Michael is an outstanding percussionist and brings a great level of expertise to our program. Michael currently serves as the Director of Percussion for Jeffersonville, HS in southern Indiana and also serves as the main drumline instructor and arranger for the University of Louisille Cardinal Marching Band. He is a veteran orchestral percussionists, freelance artist and private teacher. Michael currently serves as percussionist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra while also maintaining an active freelance schedule which includes engagements with the Louisville Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic, and Orchestra Kentucky. He has also performed with the Jacksonville Symphony, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the Symphony of Southwest Florida, and the Palm Beach Symphony. He previously held long time positions with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra (principal timpani 2001-2015) and the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra (percussion 2006-2015). In 1999 and 2001, Michael was a percussionist for the Festival Musical de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic under the direction of Philippe Entremont. He also has performed as timpanist with the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic. Michael has performed under the direction of such notable conductors as Anton Guadagno, Julius Rudel, Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Color Guard Instructor/Choreographer - Faith Bowers Faith is a recent graduate of the University of Louisville. She is a former color guard member/captain of the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band and is also a graduate of Daviess County High School where she performed both as an oboist with the concert band and in the color guard with the marching band.
Color Guard Instructor/Choreographer - Rachel Wiley Rachel is currently a student at the University of Louisville majoring in photography and art design. She is a member of the DCI finalist Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps out of San Antonio, TX as well as the WGI finalist Lexis Winter Guard out of Lexington, KY. She is a graduate of Eastern High School in Louisville, KY where she performed in the color guard.
Visual/Winds Instructor - Lane Myers Lane is a trumpet performance major at the University of Louisville where he studies with Dr. Reese Land. In 2019, Lane "aged out" with the Canton Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps from Canton, OH after spending 2 years with the corps. He was a featured piccolo trumpet and trumpet soloist (2 solos) in the Bluecoats 2019 production entitled, "The Bluecoats", Bluecoats clever rendition of the music of "The Beatles". Lane is a graduate of Barren County HS on Gasgow, KY.
Visual/Wind Instructor - Hunter Snow Hunter is a trombone performance major at the University of Louisville where he studies with Brett Shuster. He is also a current member of the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps from Canton, OH. Hunter is a graduate of the KY 4A 7 time state finalist and 2017 4A state championship, Anderson County High School Marching Band.
Woodwind Sectional Instructor - Adam McIntyre Adam recently earned his music education degree from the University of Louisvilleand currently serves as the Orchestra Director at Jeffersontown High School in Louisville, KY. He is a graduate of the duPont Manual HS and YPAS band program. He is a former student of Mr. Ron Jones and professor Adam McCord.