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Jason Kihle

Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Assistant Professor of Percussion & Assistant Band Director
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Dr. Jason Kihle is currently Assistant Professor of Percussion and Assistant Band Director at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance with a secondary emphasis in Wind Conducting in 2008 from the University of Northern Colorado, where he also obtained his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Dakota. Prior to completing his graduate degrees, Dr. Kihle taught elementary music and middle school band in Arizona and Colorado.

He has studied percussion with Mike Blake, Jim White, Gray Barrier, Michael Spiro, and Ruben Alvarez. Dr. Kihle studies conducting with Gordon Brock, Kenneth Singleton, and Alan McMurray. Dr.Kihle's article "The Drum and the Dance" on drums in the Renaissance was published in Early Music Colorado Quarterly in 2007.

Dr. Kihle won the Southard Competition at UNC for his performance of Merlin on marimba. He has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland, and with the Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Wind Ensemble, and Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. In the summer of 2008, Dr. Kihle played drumset for the first amateur performance of Hairspray at the International Thespian Festival in London, NE.

He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Music Educators National Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association, the College Music Society, and Pi Kappa, Lambda.