high2017.jpgJason R. High is the new Band Director at Heritage High School in Conyers, GA. Mr. High has taught for ten years and has been Band Director at Merry Acres Middle School and Westover High School in Albany, GA. He saw significant increases in All-County and All-District Honor Band participation under his direction, established two performing concert ensembles, the top group achieving superior ratings in performance and sightreading on a level 6 program at LGPE. Westover's marching band returned to competition after a 13-year hiatus, scoring superiors and placing in-class at Spirit of the South Marching Showcase in Tifton, GA.

Mr. High has conducted clinics in Albany, Cairo, Douglasville, Jonesboro, Leesburg, and Macon. He has also instructed at high school band camps in Albany, McDonough, and Hampton. Mr. High has written percussion parts, arranged halftime & stand charts, and written all of the drill in his time teaching high school. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).

Mr. High is a native of Albany, and spent his band days as a percussionist, learning in high school from the late Jesse L. Walker, the first African-American to be inducted into the Georgia Bandmasters Hall of Fame (2006). He was selected for Principal Snare, General Percussion, and Principal Timpani for GMEA All-State ensembles in high school, playing under the batons of Robert Sheldon and Paula Crider, and served as Band Captain and Percussion Section Leader.

After high school, Mr. High attended and graduated from Georgia Tech, obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering. He marched and played snare drum in Tech's Yellowjacket Marching Band, as well as the first rendition of the Atlanta Olympic Band. He also played in the symphonic band while at Tech. Finding little satisfaction in an engineering career after college, Mr. High spent five months in an internship at Doppler studios in addition to working full time. That still not being enough to scratch the music itch, he returned to Albany State University to study with his old Band Director, Mr. Walker, and obtain his Music Education degree.

In his spare time, Mr. High enjoys weightlifting, and has spent many years playing guitar and drums in church.