Jason Kihle

Jason Kihle's Biography

Dr. Jason Kihle is currently Associate Professor of Percussion and Associate Director of Bands at Texas A&M University–Kingsville.  Dr. Kihle co-directs the Percussion Ensemble program with Randy Fluman, and directs the Latin Jazz Ensemble and the TAMUK Steel Band. He also directs the Pride of South Texas, a 200-member marching band that is the only college marching program south of San Antonio.

Dr. Kihle earned a D.A. and M.M. from the University of Northern Colorado and holds a B.M.Ed degree from the University of North Dakota.  Prior to completing his graduate degrees, Dr. Kihle taught elementary music and middle school band in Arizona and Colorado.

Dr. Kihle's primary percussion teachers were Mike Blake, Jim White, and Gray Barrier.  He has been published in Early Music Colorado Quarterly and The Instrumentalist and has presented at the Minot State University Northwest International Festival of Music, National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, Wyoming Music Educators Association Conference, California All-State Music Educators Association, and North Dakota Music Educators Association.

Dr. Kihle won the Southard Competition for his performance of "Merlin" on marimba.  He has performed on drum set at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the International Thespian Festival, and with the Glynn Garcia Big Band.  Dr. Kihle has performed with the Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, and the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra.  He has performed at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the International Double Reed Society Convention, Texas Music Educators Association, and College Music Society Regional Conference.

Dr. Kihle is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Music Educators National Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Kappa Kappa Psi.  He is an Innovative Percussion endorser and a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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