Founder and teacher Jason Gottfried holds a BA in music performance from Western Kentucky University where he studied percussion with composer, conductor, and marimba virtuoso Christopher Norton as well as composition with ASCAP Composer of the Year Charles Smith. He also studied percussion under John Feddersen at the Eastern Music Festival. He began private drum study at age six and piano study at age ten and was playing as a drummer in musicals by the time he was in middle school.
He has performed or recorded with Levek, Orchal and Vir, Euglossine, Kane Pour, Jovian Junction Orchestra, MILAGROS, the UF Department of Theatre and Dance, Monroe Station, Ken Walker, and The Dirty River Band, The Aeronauts, Kid B, Shane Ownby, Thee Japanese School Girls, Eddie V Garcia, Mandy Cook, Last Minute, The Trey Boyer Band, Melissa Medley, Penny Dale, The Mickeys, The Danny Ray Martin Quintet, The Southern Fly-By-Night Singers, Kendall’s Overflown, Cape Town, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver cornet Band, and the Belmont Percussion Ensemble.
Jason has taught, as well as written and arranged for, drumlines and front ensembles at Barren County High School in Glasgow, KY; Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green High School, and Greenwood High School in Bowling Green, KY; Ballard High School in Louisville, KY; and McGavock high School in Nashville, TN where he also directed the McGavock High School Percussion Ensemble. He has also been teaching privately since 2002.
Nominated the KMEA Outstanding Collegiate Composer in 2002, Jason writes songs and composes and arranges music for soloists, mixed ensembles and electronic media. His transcriptions have been performed at the Percussive Arts Society National Convention, the PAS Day of Percussion, and in universities by percussion ensembles including Project 166 and Sympatico Percussion Group.