Dr. Shane Jones is the Co-Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Percussion in 2017. He has studied and performed around the globe, including in Brazil, China, Trinidad/Tobago, Puerto Rico, West Africa, and across the United States.
Currently, Shane co-directs and performs in Stratus Ensemble, an Ann Arbor based flute/percussion duo dedicated to promoting diversity through the creation of new repertoire and community outreach. He is also percussionist and logistics coordinator for Khemia Ensemble, a mixed chamber group that has performed and held residencies across the United States and internationally, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Tufts University, The National University of Bogota (Columbia), and the National University of Corboda (Argentina), and Avaloch Farms. Shane is also a founding member and director of Steelworks, a steel drum band that he and his wife, Chelsea Jones, started in 2014 that plays popular and folkloric music from the Caribbean.
As an experienced musical theater pit musician, Shane has performed on Broadway as drummer/percussionist for the musical 1776 at 54 Below. He was the percussionist for the off-Broadway premier of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning show Next to Normal, and the 2013 regional tour of Cabaret. He has performed at venues such as Broadway's 54 Below (NYC), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theater Cincinnati, the Monomoy Theater (Cape Cod), and the last floating river showboat, the Showboat Majestic.
Shane served as Graduate Student Instructor and Director of World Percussion Studies at the University of Michigan from 2014-2017. During that time, Shane founded and directed the UM Steelband and West African ensemble and taught courses in West African, Brazilian, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean percussion. Ensembles under his direction regularly collaborated and performed within the University and Ann Arbor community, including at the Big House for the 2016 Penn State half-time show, at Hill Auditorium with the University Musical Society performing West African Ewe drumming in celebration of Steve Reich's 80th birthday, community engagement series such as MPOW, music festivals like Call of the Drum International Drum Festival, and have received grants through organizations like Arts at Michigan.
During the summer of 2009, Shane worked as a Multimedia Integrated Learning Trainer at Our Piece of the Pie, teaching music, technology, and job-readiness skills to inner-city Hartford at-risk youth. Previous teaching experience includes CCM-University of Cincinnati Collegiate and CCM Preparatory departments, the Hartt School Community Division, and the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts.
Shane's research interests are in the music of West African, Brazil, and Trinidad/Tobago. In 2015 he was awarded a Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant and Center for World Performance Studies Summer Research Fellowship to study contemporary samba percussion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He performed at the 2016 Panorama Competition in Trinidad/Tobago with the PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars under the direction of Liam Teague. Shane has also traveled to Ghana, West Africa, first in 2008 and most recently in 2016 on an International Institute Individual Fellowship to study the percussion music and culture of Ewe, Dagara, and Ga people.
Shane received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Certificate of Graduate Studies in World Performance Studies at the University of Michigan where he served as a Graduate Student Instructor and director of World Percussion Studies. Shane graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Hartt School, University of Hartford with his Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Music Management and received his Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Shane is a proud Yamaha Performing Artist and endorser of Innovative Percussion and Remo.