Jason Gregory is in is 18th 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 2018 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. The YPAS Percussion Ensemble also won the Black Swamp Percussion International High School Percussion Ensemble competition in 2016 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 Consultant - Brandon Hall Brandon Hall has served as the Percussion Caption Head for the duPont Manual Band since 2010. He also served in a similiar position at Cordyn Central High School in Indiana. 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.
Percussion Instructors - Cole Gregory and James Gibson - both are former YPAS/duPont Manual percussion alumni. James is a percussion Music Performance major at the University of Louisville and former member of the U of L Cardinal Marching Band. Cole is a Music Education/Music Performance double major at the Univerity of Louisville (also a former member of the Cardinal Marching Band). Both are current students of Dr. Greg Byrne. Cole and James's 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.
Color Guard Consultant/Designer - Kate Adams Kate is a graduate of the outstanding Homestead HS Marching Band Program in Ft. Wayne Indiana. She has also served as a winteguard instructor for the University of Louisville. Kate is currently pursuing a secondary education degree (English) from Bellarmine University.
Color Guard Instructor/Choreographer - Faith Bowers Faith is currently a student at the University of Louisville. She is a former color guard member/captain of the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band. She is also a graduate of Daviess County High School where she performed as an oboist and in the color guard.
Visual/Winds Instructor - Chase Todd Chase is a former member of the Cincinatti Tradition and Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently pursuing a music education degree at Western Kentucky University. Chase is a graduate of Powell County High School. Chase works with our program during band camp.
Visual/Wind Instructor - Hunter Snow Hunter is currently a freshman 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 Louisville. 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.