Mr. Jason R. High is a native of Albany, GA, graduating from Monroe Comprehensive High School (1993) under the Band direction of Mr. Jesse L. Walker (RIP), a member of the Georgia Bandmasters’ Hall of Fame.  In high school, Mr. High was percussion section leader, Band Captain, and a member of All-State band and orchestra ensembles three times (once as principal snare, and once as principal timpani).

Mr. High pursued a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, also participating in the Georgia Tech Marching Yellowjacket Band and the Atlanta Olympic Band.  After graduation, finding little satisfaction in an engineering career, Mr. High completed an internship at the renowned Doppler Studios in Atlanta, GA, in 2002, while working full-time as a hardware engineer for satellite and telephone companies.

In 2004, Mr. High made the life-changing decision to abandon his engineering career, sell his house, and move back to Albany, GA, to pursue a second bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Albany State University.  He spent a year and a half teaching Technology at Albany Middle School, and then was Band Director at Merry Acres Middle School (where he was once a beginning Band student) for 5 years.  Mr. High is now in his third year as Band Director at Westover High School for the past three years.  Westover has competed in marching band competitions the last two years, the first time in more than twelve years.  The jazz band has been re-established, and Concert Band received all Superior ratings at District II Large Group Performance Evaluateion (LGPE) in 2017.  This year, Westover will once again have a Concert Band and Symphonic Band at LGPE.  The marching band has placed in their class in competition, and in the Albany State University Homecoming Parade.  Participation in All-District and All-County Honor Bands has increased for the last two years.

Mr. High currently serves as Fine Arts department chair at Westover, and is a member of PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators), NAfME (National Association for Music Education), and GMEA (Georgia Music Educators Association).  He has been a clinician in District II and District XI for GMEA, as well as served as a band camp instructor in several counties across the state.