Dr. Jason Kihle is currently Associate Professor of Percussion and Associate Director of Bands at Texas A&M University–Kingsville. He collaborates in the concert percussion ensemble program with Professor Randy Fluman and teaches the world percussion ensemble. Dr. Kihle teaches applied percussion, jazz drum set, percussion methods and started the steel pan and Latin Jazz groups at the University. He also directs the Pride of South Texas Marching Band.
Dr. Kihle previously taught music in public schools in Arizona and Colorado. He has studied percussion with Mike Blake, Jim White, Gray Barrier, Michael Spiro, and Mark Ford. Dr. Kihle has been published in Early Music Colorado Quarterly, The Instrumentalist and The Educator’s Companion, a publication of the Percussive Arts Society. He has been a presenter at the Minot State University Northwest International Festival of Music, the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, and the state music education association conferences of North Dakota, Wyoming, California, and Iowa.
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, the National Flute Association Convention, College Music Society Regional Conference, the Montreaux Jazz Festival and the International Thespian Festival. He performed Concertino for Marimba by Paul Creston at California State University Los Angeles in the spring of 2013. He commissioned Silencio for solo marimba from Nathan Daughtrey and will gave its world premiere in the fall 0f 2016. His second composition, The Mind’s Key, for multiple percussion, will be published by Bachovich Publications in 2017.
Dr. Kihle is a member of PAS, NAfME, TMEA, NACWPI, CMS, KKP, TBS, and ASCAP. He is an Innovative Percussion endorser, Yamaha Performing Artist, Black Swamp Educator, and Remo Education Artist.