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...
July 28 - August 3, 2014Gramercy Brass Band CampMontclair State UniversityMontclair, NJhttp://www.gramercybrass.org Saturday, July 5, 2014A Celebration of Philip SmithAvery Fisher Hall, Lincoln CenterNew York, NYJason joins the New York Philharmonic Brass section as they celebrate the career of legendary New York Philharmonic Principal Trumpet, Mr. Philip Smith.click here for more info June 9, 2014Soloist with the New York Wind SymphonyStern Auditorium, Carnegie HallNew York, NYJason makes his second solo appearance in Carnegie Hall's Stern AuditoriumUFO Concerto, Johan de Meijclick here for more info May 24, 2014Soloist with the Hornell Area Wind EnsembleHornell Area High SchoolHornell, NYMusic that celebrates our Veterans!http://www.hornellareawindensemble.org February 1, 2014Soloist with the US Army BandBrucker Hall, Fort Myer, VAWashington, D.C.UFO Concerto by Johan de Meijhttp://www.usarmyband.com December 18-21 2013The Midwest Band & Orchestra ClinicMcCormick PlaceChicago, ILEVENTS 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, 2013Guest Soloist - Allentown Band at the Greater Hazleton Concert SeriesHazleton Area High SchoolHazleton, PAJason returns as a soloist with the Allentown Band in what promises to be an exciting celebration of the holidays.http://www.hazletonconcertseries.org November 3, 2013Guest Soloist - Wellington WindsKnox Presbyterian ChurchWaterloo, Ontario, CANADAJason repeats the performance from October 27th a few kilometers away in Waterloo just one week later.UFO Concerto by Johan de Meijhttp://www.wellingtonwinds.ca October 27, 2013Guest Soloist - Wellington WindsGrandview Baptist ChurchKitchener, Ontario, CANADAJason joins the fantastic Wellington Winds for the Canadian premiere of Johan de Meij's UFO Concerto.UFO Concerto, by Johan de Meijhttp://www.wellingtonwinds.ca October 19, 2013Octubafest @ Montclair State UniversityFaculty Recital1 Normal Avenue, Montclair State Universityclick here for more info October 18, 2013Octubafest @ Montclair State UniversityThe New York Tuba Quartet53 Norwood Ave., Upper Montclair, NJclick here for more info
October 4-6, 2013
Oktubafest, International Music Camp
International Peace Camp
EVENT TO BE CONFIRMED
September 15-21, 2013
EVENT TO BE CONFIRMED
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, 2013Guest Artist RecitalGoodwill Presbyterian ChurchMontgomery, NYJason celebrates the end of summer with a performance at the beautiful Goodwill Church this coming August.http://www.goodwillchurch.org August 23, 2013Guest Soloist - Allentown BandParkland High SchoolAllentown, PAJason 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, 2013Guest Soloist - Allentown BandBear Creek LodgeMacungie, PAJason 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, 20132013 Summer Stars Classic SeriesGreat Hall, Ocean GroveOcean Grove, NJJason 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.click here for more info June 28, 2013Guest Artist - New York Summer Music FestivalState University of New York , OneontaOneonta, NYCome 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, 2013New York Tuba Quartet at NERTEC 2013Ithaca CollegeIthaca, NYThe NYT4 makes its first conference appearance at NERTEC 2013.click here for more info April 19, 2013Guest Artist - Northeastern Regional Tuba-Euphonium ConferenceIthaca CollegeIthaca, NYJason presents the American premiere of Pete Meechan's new euphonium concerto "Origins". Pre-performance appearance by Pete Meechan.PETER MEECHAN: "Origins"click here for more info
March 4, 2013
Guest Artist Residency
March 3, 2013Guest Soloist - Brass Band of ColumbusLincoln TheaterColumbus, OHclick here for more info
February 28, 2013
University of Wisconsin River Falls Wind Ensemble
River Falls, WI
February 26, 2013
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
University of Texas , Pan American
February 11, 2013
Guest Soloist - UT Pan American Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
University of Texas, Pan American
February 9, 2013Guest Soloist - Derby City Brass BandKentucky Music Educator's Association ConferenceLouisville, KYhttp://www.kmea.org/CONFERENCE/default.asp
November 28, 2012
Guest Soloist, Northern Illinois State University Wind Ensemble
November 20, 2012Guest Soloist, Allentown BandHoliday Inn Conference CenterBreinigsville, PAI'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 performancehttp://www.allentownband.com November 18, 2012Guest Soloist, Allentown BandFreedom High SchoolBethehem, PAThe 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
The rebirth concert!
October 26, 2012Guest Soloist, Ridgewood Concert BandWest Side Presbyterian ChurchRidgewood, NJhttp://www.ridgewoodband.org
October 25, 2012
Guest Soloist, Ridgewood Concert Band
East Brunswick, NJ
October 14, 2012Guest Soloist, Greater New York Wind SymphonyLycian Center for the Performing ArtsSugar Loaf, NYhttp://hvpaf.org/gnyws.php August 4, 2012Guest Soloist, Gramercy Brass Band CampFirst Presbyterian ChurchCaldwell, NJhttp://www.gramercybrass.org
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