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September 2, 2014Back to Allentown...This Sunday, Jason will make his 18th appearance with America's Oldest Civilian Concert Band, appearing as soloist with the Allentown Band on their final summer performance. The concert also celebrates long-time Allentown Band conductor, Bert Myers, and will take place at the West Park Band Shell at the corner of 15th and Turner Streets in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, at 3:00pm on Sunday, September 7th. For more information, visit the band's website.http://www.allentownband.com
August 12, 2014Jason invited back to Carnegie Hall for record 3rd appearance this November!Jason has been invited to be the guest soloist with the Montclair State University Wind Symphony this coming November 25th, 2014, marking his third solo performance in this storied hall. The first came in 2009, when he performed as a guest of the New York Wind Band Festival. The second performance occured this past June, when he performed with the New York Wind Symphony. This third performance will make Jason the most-returned euphonium soloist in the history Carnegie Hall. Watch the "Events" link for more information soon.
June 30, 2014Jason to Perform with New York Phil Brass July 5th!This coming Saturday, July 5th, 2014, Jason will join the New York Philharmonic Brass section as they celebrate legendary Principal Trumpet Mr. Philip Smith. Both Phil and Maestro Bramwell Tovey will be conducting.

Phil Smith came to the New York Philharmonic in 1978 as co-Principal Trumpet, taking over the position completely in 1988. Since those early days in the NY Philharmonic, he has established himself as one of the world's elite performers. His career has been marked by thousands of performances, both as the Principal Trumpet of the NY Phil and as a soloist throughout the world. After this final performance on June 5th, Mr. Smith will retire to the University of Georgia (Jason's alma mater!), where he will serve as Professor of Trumpet.

For more information on this event, visit the New York Philharmonic's website.
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June 10, 2014Jason Gives Solid Performance at Carnegie HallJason made his second solo appearance at New York's famed Carnegie Hall yesterday evening, (Monday, June 9, 2014) performing to a nearly sold-out hall with the New York Wind Symphony. As the featured soloist with this ensemble, Jason performed Johan de Meij's tour-de-force concerto, "UFO Concerto". The 25-minute work was a 2012 commisson from Jason with Mr. de Meij, and has since gone on to international acclaim.

Jason made his Carnegie Hall debut on April 8th, 2009, performing as part of the New York City Wind Band Festival. In that performance, he gave the North American premiere of Bert Appermont's concerto "Cantiphonia" to a standing ovation.

The New York Wind Symphony is now in its 25th season, under the baton of the very capable Mr. Richard F. Regan, and is excelling under his leadership. Last night's performance was the NYWS's debut performance at Carnegie Hall, and the group left little doubt about its legitimacy as a force in the wind band world, especially in the New York City area.

About this performance, Jason said that "it was nice to perform here again. Without question, it's one of the best acoustic environments I've ever gotten to play in, and when I walked off stage back in 2009, I only hoped I'd have the chance to play here again. I am totally honored to share this stage with a great ensemble, and I hope that the audience had as much fun listening to UFO Concerto as I did playing it."

For more information on this performance, visit Jason's pages at Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
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Now in his twelfth year with the West Point Band, Jason Ham has established himself as one of America's most active euphonium soloists. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Jason began his studies of the euphonium in high school, garnering many local and state awards for his playing. Jason attended college at the University of Georgia where he studied under the late Dr. David Randolph and David Zerkel. While at the University of Georgia, Jason was the winner of the Atlanta Brass Society Collegiate Soloist Competition (1998), as well as a finalist in the Music Teacher's National Association Competition (2000). In June of 2001, just before completing his studies at UGA, Jason won a position with the United States Military Academy Band, to be followed by his winning the Solo Euphonium Artist Competition at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference just two months later. (Lahti, Finland). Jason has twice been invited to judge this competition, both in 2004 (Budapest, Hungary), and 2006 (Denver, Colorado, USA).
Today, Jason is recognized as one of the instrument's most visibile proponents. Although the majority of his work has remains in the United States, he also has taken the euphonium to numerous other countries throughout the world (Argentina - 2007; Bulgaria - 2005; Canada - 1998; 2007; China - 2004, 2012; Colombia - 2013; Finland - 2001; France - 2003; Hungary - 2004, 2005; Macedonia - 2005). In the USA, Jason mainly makes visits to college and university campuses throughout the nation, and to this end, has visited more than 100 different schools in his decade as a soloist. Consistently in demand as a clinician and soloist, his travel schedule often finds him on tour at various times throughout the year.

As a teacher, Jason does the majority of his teaching through the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. His roles there include teaching the euphonium majors, teaching a practicum class for the Tuba and Euphonium Majors, conducting the Brass Band, and conducting the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. Now entering his fifth year on faculty there, Jason first taught at MSU from 2008-2011, departing after the birth of his son that spring. He returned in the fall of 2013 and remains there today. Accomplishments as a teacher include sending two tuba-euphonium quartets to compete in two different International Tuba-Euphonium Conferences (2010 - Tucson, AZ; 2014 - Bloomington, IN) as well as hosting the Northeastern Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference in 2011.

Jason stays very busy commissioning composers to write for the Euphonium and to this end, has had some truly outstanding works written for the instrument. Past commissions include works by Stephen Anderson, Johan de Meij, David Gillingham, Amanda Harberg, Pete Meechan, Joseph Turrin. Current collaborations are in the works with Patrick Burns and Ben McMillan.

Jason's most recent accomplishments include his second solo performance at Carnegie Hall on June 9, 2014. In that performance, Jason soloed with the New York Wind Symphony, performing to great acclaim. His prior perfmorance had taken place in April 2009, soloing as a guest of the New York City Wind Band Festival.

Jason Ham is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and performs exclusively on the YEP-842 Euphonium.
OK, OK, OK... I know... You were checking out the site and came to this page if for nothing more out of sheer curiosity. Let me invite you to stay for a minute, if you don't mind.

If you've read the bio page and looked at the rest of the site, then you've read some pretty cool stuff about how I came to do what I do on the euphonium. But, in truth, you've not heard the whole story until you read this page.

I simply cannot separate who I am or any success that I've had apart from God - no, not the God that everyone thanks at the Academy Awards or the one that we use in vain when we're mad. No, I'm talking about Yahweh God...you know, that one that is in that really big and sometimes confusing book called the Bible. The one who sent that Jesus dude and that weird Holy Spirit guy...

Whoops! I said Bible and Jesus! I know you might want to take off from this page, but leave your mouse alone for another minute or two...

Let me explain to you that I have no earthly idea how I get to do what I do daily with the euphonium apart from God in my life; I simply cannot explain how this came about apart from Him. Most people don't even know what the euphonium is, but I get to make a living playing this great instrument each and every day. If you look back across the success I've had, you cannot separate out the fact that there's something much bigger than just Jason Ham at work here...

Seriously, how does a guy from South Carolina win his first-ever audition for a band in New York, (where the girl of his dreams was waiting on him), establish a solo career that takes him to places like Asia, Europe, and South America, putting him before audiences in Carnegie Hall and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic - how does all this happen by about 30 years of age? That's crazy talk...until you read something like this:

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me..." Philippians 4:13



All things. That's a pretty big claim...then again, God is a pretty big God.

The truth of my life is that God is a faithful, loving God, and He wants nothing more than His own glory from what I do on the euphonium. "Sounds like a pretty vain dude", you say. Well...consider this:

If you knew that you only wanted the best for someone, and that that person giving their time, their talents, and their treasures - in short, their life - to you ultimately would bring about the very best for them, wouldn't you want them to do that, if you really cared for them? That's real love, and that's pretty cool...

God wants the best for you and me, and He loves you!...yeah, that sounds pretty cheesy and pretty churchy, but regardless of how things sound, it doesn't change the reality that something is still a fact. God loves you and only wants the best for you.

But, we humans tend to get off track in life, and we do some dumb things, even when we hear that God loves us. So what do we do with this? Hearing that "God loves us" is like getting the coolest present ever but getting that gift without the instruction manual. The truth is that God did give you an instruction manual, and He even gave you an instructor...and then he gave you a tutor! God gave you the Bible, and He sent His Son, Jesus, as a guide. When you start to get what Jesus says in the Bible, then you realize that he sent another dude...that weird one called the Holy Spirit to live inside you...yeah...it does sound wacky, but it's 100% true...to give you daily guidance on how to live according to what Jesus talked about.

The truth of the matter is that this whole Jesus thing has worked in my life, and though I know you're not me and you may have your "own thing" going, let me simply encourage you to give Jesus a chance with you. It worked for me, and I think it will work for you...

Oh, and by the way, I'm not talking about "Christianity" here, because Christianity tends to be only religion, which stinks and just tends to foul things up pretty hard...

No, I'm talking about this Jesus guy...a real dude who came to earth, lived here for a while, and then thought enough of you to die on a cross for you (and get this - come back to life, too!), even though you wouldn't be here on His earth until about 2000 years after He physically left it.

Interested in how you start this whole Jesus thing? Email me on the contact page, and I can help get you pointed in the right direction...

Thanks for visiting this page...

I've had the great pleasure of getting to know Jason Ham's playing as both conductor and composer. Jason is a truly outstanding musician. Besides his wonderful flowing technique and glowing warm rich sound he has a great sense of musicality. He is also a sincere musician with a great sense of purpose. I have found him to be dedicated to his craft along with the humanity and respect of all things which in my opinion is truly the mark of an artist

Joseph TurrinComposer & Conductor

The tuba and euphonium students at ISU were completely blown away with your approach to making music. Thanks to your recital, I now have at least two students that have gone out and found the tunes that you played so that they too can attempt to replicate your amazing performance...You are truly inspiring as a musician and I am proud to call you a friend. Thanks for inspiring my students (and myself as well) to hit the practice rooms with renewed enthusiasm.

Mr. Andy RummelProfessor of Tuba & Euphonium, Illinois State University

Jason embodies all the very best attributes of both an outstanding musician as well as a consummate gentleman. His solo recital was exceptional - he tackled an amazing array of repertoire with ease, technical prowess, and deep musical sensitivity. Jason's teaching during his master class showed immediate and dramatic improvements in each and every one of my students. Throughout his visit he demonstrated great cooperation, respect, responsibility, and camaraderie to every person he came in contact with.

Mr. Jay HunsbergerPrincipal Tubist, Florida West Coast Symphony, Professor of Tuba & Euphonium, University of South Florida

During the concert, Jason Ham's solos were highlighted by his blazing technique and brilliant sound...

Mr. Quentin SharpensteinNABBA Bridge

The first time I heard Jason Ham's euphonium artistry was when I listened to a rehearsal tape of my concerto for wind ensemble, "Cantus Laetus", then being rehearsed by the University of Georgia Wind Symphony under the direction of H. Dwight Satterwhite. In this piece, there are two exposed euphonium solos which require a great deal of expression and, above all, euphonium "sound". Upon hearing Jason's rendition on the tape, I backed up the tape and listened to it several times. I had never heard such a beautiful sound on this instrument! I immediately called Dwight Satterwhite to find out who the player was. Since this time, I have heard Jason perform on many occasions and have watched his career with great interest. He is most definitely at the top of the field among the great euphonium players of the world.

Dr. David R. GillinghamProfessor of Theory and Composition, Central Michigan University

Congratulations Jason on the website. You are doing great things for the euphonium in the US and I always watch your progress with interest as we have met many times over the years at festivals and competitions. You make a beautiful big warm sound; one I hope many many people will get to hear. Your passion for the euphonium is remarkable and unshakable and the instrument needs people like you. Hope you get a lot of visitors to your site and let the world know what you are up to!

Steven Meadworld reknown euphonium soloist

If you haven't heard Jason Ham play, then it's a must. The first word that comes to mind is refreshing. He sounds like no one else, and clearly has the most appealing sound that I have heard in a very long time. Sprinkle in his down home mixture of pure passion, a wonderful sound, and more than dash of great musicianship, and you have a winner...a pure original

Mark Freehnoted brass arranger

...the instrument is beautiful, and Mr. Ham is a virtuoso artist on his instrument. He produces brilliant sound, astonishing scale work, and a tender lyricism that has a touch of melancholy...One would have to fall back on the name of the great horn player Denis Brain to find an artist of comparable brilliance...

John Paul KeelerColumbia County Register-Star

Upcoming Performances

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Guest Soloist: MSU Wind Symphony
Carnegie Hall
New York, NY

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Sunday, January 25, 2015
Guest Artist: Fountain Recital Series
Ridgefield First Congregational Church
Ridgefield, CT 06877

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Past Performances

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Guest Soloist: MSU Wind Symphony
Kasser Theater - Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043
US Premiere: Proverbially - Tom Davoren, arr. Gates
http://www.montclairtubaeuphstudio.com
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Faculty Recital: OCTUBAFEST @ Montclair
Cali School of Music at Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043
http://www.montclairtubaeuphstudio.com
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Recital
St. Luke's Church
Monclair, NJ
http://www.slechurch.org
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Guest Soloist, Allentown Band
West Park Band Shell
Allentown, PA
http://www.allentownband.com
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Guest Artist Recital
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC
Masterclass: Friday, August 22, 1:15pm - Coulter Building
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July 28 - August 3, 2014
Gramercy Brass Band Camp
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ
http://www.gramercybrass.org
Saturday, July 5, 2014
A Celebration of Philip Smith
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, NY
Jason joins the New York Philharmonic Brass section as they celebrate the career of legendary New York Philharmonic Principal Trumpet, Mr. Philip Smith.
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June 9, 2014
Soloist with the New York Wind Symphony
Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
Jason makes his second solo appearance in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium
UFO Concerto, Johan de Meij
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May 24, 2014
Soloist with the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble
Hornell Area High School
Hornell, NY
Music that celebrates our Veterans!
http://www.hornellareawindensemble.org
February 1, 2014
Soloist with the US Army Band
Brucker Hall, Fort Myer, VA
Washington, D.C.
UFO Concerto by Johan de Meij
http://www.usarmyband.com
December 18-21 2013
The Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL
EVENTS TBD: Jason has been invited to be a guest soloist with both the Brooklyn Wind Symphony and the Louisville Concert Band at this year's Midwest Clinic in Chicago. More info soon...
http://www.midwestclinic.org
November 22, 2013
Guest Soloist - Allentown Band at the Greater Hazleton Concert Series
Hazleton Area High School
Hazleton, PA
Jason returns as a soloist with the Allentown Band in what promises to be an exciting celebration of the holidays.
http://www.hazletonconcertseries.org
October 19, 2013
Octubafest @ Montclair State University
Faculty Recital
1 Normal Avenue, Montclair State University
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October 18, 2013
Octubafest @ Montclair State University
The New York Tuba Quartet
53 Norwood Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ
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October 4-6, 2013
Oktubafest, International Music Camp
International Peace Camp
Dunseith, ND
EVENT TO BE CONFIRMED
September 15-21, 2013
Festubal Colombiatubas
EVENT TO BE CONFIRMED
Bogota, COLOMBIA
Jason makes a debut trip to Colombia to perform and teach at the Festubal Colombiatubas, a growing annual event that celebrates the tuba and the euphonium.
August 25, 2013
Guest Artist Recital
Goodwill Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, NY
Jason celebrates the end of summer with a performance at the beautiful Goodwill Church this coming August.
http://www.goodwillchurch.org
August 23, 2013
Guest Soloist - Allentown Band
Parkland High School
Allentown, PA
Jason joins the Summer Harmony Men's Chorus in a repeat performance of the August 20th event at Bear Creek Lodge.
http://www.allentownband.com
August 20, 2013
Guest Soloist - Allentown Band
Bear Creek Lodge
Macungie, PA
Jason makes his 15th appearance this August with the famed Allentown Band, at the beautiful Bear Creek Lodge and resort. Don't miss this inaugural performance of the Allentown Band at BCL!
http://www.allentownband.com
July 4, 2013
2013 Summer Stars Classic Series
Great Hall, Ocean Grove
Ocean Grove, NJ
Jason joins legendary trumpeter Phil Smith and some of New York's finest brass musicians as they present the first concert in the Classical Music Series of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association's Summer Stars Series.
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June 28, 2013
Guest Artist - New York Summer Music Festival
State University of New York , Oneonta
Oneonta, NY
Come see Jason kick off an amazing summer of music by presenting the inaugural performance of the 2013 NYSMF season!
http://www.nysmf.org
April 20, 2013
New York Tuba Quartet at NERTEC 2013
Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY
The NYT4 makes its first conference appearance at NERTEC 2013.
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April 19, 2013
Guest Artist - Northeastern Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference
Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY
Jason presents the American premiere of Pete Meechan's new euphonium concerto "Origins". Pre-performance appearance by Pete Meechan.
PETER MEECHAN: "Origins"
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March 4, 2013
Guest Artist Residency
Capital University
Columbus, OH
March 3, 2013
Guest Soloist - Brass Band of Columbus
Lincoln Theater
Columbus, OH
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February 28, 2013
Guest Soloist
University of Wisconsin River Falls Wind Ensemble
River Falls, WI
February 26, 2013
Solo Recital
University of Wisconsin River Falls
River Falls, WI
February 14, 2013
Guest Soloist - UT Pan American Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
Texas Music Educators Association Conference
San Antonio, TX
February 12, 2013
Solo Recital
University of Texas , Pan American
Edinburg, TX
February 11, 2013
Guest Soloist - UT Pan American Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
University of Texas, Pan American
Edinburg, TX
February 9, 2013
Guest Soloist - Derby City Brass Band
Kentucky Music Educator's Association Conference
Louisville, KY
http://www.kmea.org/CONFERENCE/default.asp
November 28, 2012
Guest Soloist, Northern Illinois State University Wind Ensemble
Dekalb, IL
November 20, 2012
Guest Soloist, Allentown Band
Holiday Inn Conference Center
Breinigsville, PA
I'll be appearing at the Allentown Band's annual holiday dinner performance, repeating the repertoire from two days earlier with the band.
Repeat of 18 NOV 2012 performance
http://www.allentownband.com
November 18, 2012
Guest Soloist, Allentown Band
Freedom High School
Bethehem, PA
The concert is a "Salute to the Troops", as I join the Allentown band in my 12th appearance with this group to showcase some great American tunes in Lew Buckley's "American Portrait".
http://www.allentownband.com
October 28, 2012
New York Tuba Quartet
SUNY Orange
Middletown, NY
The rebirth concert!
October 26, 2012
Guest Soloist, Ridgewood Concert Band
West Side Presbyterian Church
Ridgewood, NJ
http://www.ridgewoodband.org
October 25, 2012
Guest Soloist, Ridgewood Concert Band
Rutgers University
East Brunswick, NJ
October 14, 2012
Guest Soloist, Greater New York Wind Symphony
Lycian Center for the Performing Arts
Sugar Loaf, NY
http://hvpaf.org/gnyws.php
August 4, 2012
Guest Soloist, Gramercy Brass Band Camp
First Presbyterian Church
Caldwell, NJ
http://www.gramercybrass.org

SCHOOLS OF MUSIC

Montclair State University Euphonium and Tuba StudiosOne of the foremost music programs in the Northeast, the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University is the largest collegiate music program in the state of New Jersey. With a great euphonium and tuba studio, there's good reason to consider the Cali School if you're thinking about studying the euphonium or tuba.http://www.montclairtubaeuphstudio.com/

Other Links

Johan de MeijThe web home of one of the great wind band and brass band minds of our day:http://www.johandemeij.com
Joseph Turrinhttp://www.josephturrin.com/
David Gillinghamhttp://www.gillinghammusic.com/
The United States Military Academy Bandhttp://www.usma.edu/band
Chisham.comhttp://www.chisham.com/
Aestheticize MediaPhotography & Web/Graphic Designhttp://www.aestheticize.com

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Band and Orchestral Division
Education and Artist Relations Department
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Indianapolis, IN 46225
Tel: 317.524.6270


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(Edward Elgar, arr. Eric Wilson)
Romance
op. 62
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Peter Meechan
Requiem Paraphrases on a Theme by Mozart
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Thomas Doss
Sir "Eu"
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David Gillingham
"Summer of 2008"
I: Changing Weather
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David Gillingham
"Summer of 2008"
II: Wondrous, Starry Night
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David Gillingham
"Summer of 2008"
III: Festivals
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Peter Meechan
Funk Theory
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UFO Concerto - YouTube
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