Jason Baskin (b. 1984) holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Missouri Western State University, a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Master of Arts in Music from Truman State University, with additional studies at Otto-Friedrich Universität in Bamberg, Germany. He has studied percussion with Dr. Dennis Rogers, Dr. Michael Bump, Kevin Bobo, Dr. Tracy Thomas, Doug Auwarter, and Michael Winkler. He studied composition under Dr. Matthew Gilmour and Dr. Warren Gooch.
Jason has independently performed as a solo recitalist in the United States and Germany. He has performed professionally as a percussionist with the St. Joseph Symphony, Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, and Maples Repertory Theatre. In 2003, he was accepted to perform with the Mid-America Productions National Wind Ensemble, giving a concert at Carnegie Hall, New York City under conductor H.R. Reynolds. In 2008, he participated as both a performer and a composer in the soundSCAPE Music Festival in Pavia, Italy, working again under percussionist Kevin Bobo, and under composers Giovanni Albini and Brian Hulse. He currently performs with his groups, Amalgam Jazz and The Iris Project.
Beyond his reputation as a performer, Jason is also known for his scholarship. A prolific composer, he has composed and arranged numerous percussion solos and ensembles, performing their premieres in the United States, Germany, and Italy. As an educator, he has served as a music and percussion instructor and clinician in the Midwest. From 2005 through 2007, Jason taught a range of ages through Missouri Western State University’s Western Institute as a percussion instructor. From 2008 through 2010, he taught and directed at the collegiate level while attending Truman State University on a graduate assistantship. He currently teaches music as an adjunct professor at Missouri Western State University.
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