Jason DeCristofaro is a music educator, performer, and composer based in Asheville, NC. He is adjunct faculty at Warren Wilson College (where he directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches Jazz Improvisation, Applied Percussion, and Applied Piano), A-B Technical Community College (where he teaches Music Theory, Jazz History and Music Appreciation), and Isothermal Community College, where he teaches Music Appreciation. Jason holds a Master of Music in Performance (UNC-School of the Arts), Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences (UNC-Asheville), Bachelors of Music in Performance (Brevard College), and is currently working towards his Doctorate in Music Education (Boston University).
The winner and recipient of the 2011 Yamaha/Percussive Arts Society Terry Gibbs Scholarship, an international scholarship competition for jazz vibraphonists, DeCristofaro has performed as a clinician and guest artist at numerous jazz festivals, conferences, and universities throughout the Southeast, including the Brevard Music Center (Brevard, NC), Furman University (Greenville, SC), Johnson City Jazz Festival (Johnson City, TN), The Eastern Trombone Conference (Washington, D.C.), Jazz on the Square (Spartanburg, SC), Carl Sandburg Festival (Flat Rock NC), Jazz on Main (Greenville, SC), Concerts on the Quad (UNC-Asheville), Sourwood Festival (Black Mountain, NC), Carl Sandburg Festival (Flat Rock, NC), Western Carolina University Jazz Festival (Cullowhee, NC), Appalachian State University (Boone, NC), University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC), and North Greenville University (Tigerville, SC). DeCristofaro is also a staff writer for Classical Voice of NC (CVNC) and has been musical director and host of Jazz Night at The Phoenix & The Fox in Brevard, NC for five and a half years.
A published composer with C. Alan Publications, Jason’s concert works have been performed in New Zealand, China, Sweden, and throughout the United States, and he has been a featured guest composer with the Symphony of the Mountains, The Asheville Ballet, and the Asheville Jazz Orchestra. He is also the founder and artistic director of Asheville Composer Concerts. DeCristofaro has presented at Harvard University for the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS), Virginia Tech for the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP), and Black Mountain College Museum.
Information found on https://amicimusic.org/performers/jason-decristofaro/
Conductor Winford Franklin and the members of HCB are looking forward to presenting a wonderful program as we anticipate Spring. A highlight of this concert will be widely-known percussionist Jason Decristofaro as soloist for “Concertino for Solo Percussionist and Band.” This piece highlights three stations of percussion instruments. The first station is five timpani; the second station is marimba and vibraphone; the third station is drum set, including snare drum, bass drum, Tom-toms, and cymbals.
Our guest conductor, band member Joe Brasier, will conduct two pieces, “Sousa in Swing” which is different take on some of the well-known Sousa marches, and “This Majestic Land,” in his usual fine style.
The remainder of the program is under the baton of Winford Franklin and will include
among others, one that is special to us, “Travelin’ Music” by Robert Sheldon who composed a commissioned piece for the band’s 25th anniversary. Some of the other pieces are “Satiric Dances,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Broadway Spectacular.”
Join us as we Spring Ahead on Sunday March 8, at 3:00 in the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall in Flat Rock. Adults $10.00, Students are free! I if you attend college, please bring your student ID for your free ticket. Tickets are available at Crate Wine Market, the Hendersonville Visitor’s Center, as well as at the door and from any band member. For more information, call (828) 713-8590.