Dr. Jason Baker serves as Director of Percussion Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Mississippi State University. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of Connecticut.
An active performer, Jason is a member of the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (principal timpanist), Starkville Symphony Orchestra (principal percussionist), and the State Messengers faculty jazz combo. He has also performed with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Meridian (MS) Symphony Orchestra. Jason has been a clinician and/or performer at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the College Music Society National and Southern Regional Conferences, Mississippi Bandmasters Association Convention, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, All-West Tennessee Music Educators Convention, Sam Houston Summer Percussion Academy, and universities throughout the country.
Dr. Baker has been published in Percussive Notes and Rhythm! Scene, with solo compositions and ensemble arrangements published by Drop6 Media, Tap Space Publications, Living Sound Publications, and Edition Svitzer. His works have been featured at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Competition, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Jason’s book, “15 Progressive Snare Drum Solos: A Pedagogical Approach to Repertoire”, was published with Drop6 Media in 2010. He has released two solo CDs, "The Noble Snare" (2005) and “Three Works for Solo Snare Drum” (2013). Jason also serves as Associate Editor of New Literature Reviews for Percussive Notes, President of the Mississippi Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and is a member of the PAS College Pedagogy Committee.
Jason was a performing member with the Glassmen, Boston Crusaders and Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps and later served on the instructional staff of the Boston Crusaders. He is proud to be an artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Innovative Percussion, Remo drumheads, SABIAN cymbals, and Grover Pro Percussion.
Jason lives in Starkville, Mississippi with his wife, Kathy, and their two children. He recently received a Master of Business Administration degree from MSU, where he was also inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor fraternity.