Jason Baker serves as Professor of Percussion Studies at Mississippi State University. He holds degrees from the University of North Texas, The New England Conservatory of Music, and The University of Connecticut. Jason has commercially released four solo albums, three etude books, and over 30 arrangements and compositions, many of which are included on solo and ensemble music lists throughout the United States. He is the timpanist of the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, and Starkville Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Meridian (MS) Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Jason has been a clinician and/or performer at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, New York City Day of Percussion, Encontro Percussivo Festival in Brazil, College Music Society National Conference, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and universities throughout the United States.
Jason is the Associate Editor of New Literature Reviews for Percussive Notes and previously served as chair of the College Pedagogy Committee and president of the Mississippi Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. He was a performing member of the Glassmen, Boston Crusaders, and Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps and later served on the instructional staff of the Boston Crusaders. Jason is proud to be an artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Innovative Percussion, Remo, Sabian, and Grover Pro Percussion.