Jason K. Nitsch (born 1977 in Houston, Texas) is an American educator and composer of wind music. In 2008 he was awarded a Master's of Music in Music Education from Boston University. In addition he is also 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 catalog 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.
In 2005 Bandworld Magazine selected "Ferris Wheel" for its list of the top 100 new publications for band in 2004. In 2007 J. W. Pepper selected "Dynasty" for it's "Editors Choice" series. His 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 throughout the United States and in Singapore, Australia, Europe, and Canada, while his commissions have been featured at the 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2011 Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Conventions in Chicago, Illinois. In 2012 he produced the film score for the documentary "The Library of the Early Mind" by noted director and author Ted Delaney and Lyricist Stephen Withrow.
Professional affiliations include the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), and the Percussive Arts Society (PAS). He is currently published with FJH Music Company, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Mesa Music Publishers, Grand Junction, Colorado; C. Alan Music Publishers of Greensboro, North Carolina; 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 daughters Ainsley and Payton.
Works for Winds
- American Visions (2006)
- An American Hymn (2004)
- Baylor University Fanfare (2000)
- Beyond the Stars (2003)
- Catching a Summer Breeze (2006)
- Casu Consulto (2008)
- Concerto No. 2 for Marimba (and wind ensemble) (2003)
- Curse of El Rojo Grande, The (2007)
- Cycle of Opposites, The (2008)
- Dance of Fire (2006)
- Death by Black Hole (2008)
- Destination Cincopation (2011)
- Dynasty (2005)
- Elegy for a Ghost Town (2006)
- Eternal Pursuit, The (2002)
- Fanfare for Brass Choir (1999)
- Ferris Wheel (2004)
- Haunted Palace, The (2002)
- Improbable Journey, The (2008)
- In the Bleak Mid-winter (2001)
- Legacy (2006)
- On the Banks of the River Shannon (2004)
- Overture for Band - "Influences" (2001)
- Phantoms for Brass Choir (2000)
- Pictures for the American People (2002)
- Santorini: Dance of the Gods (2006)
- Tempest After Noon (2002)