- Associate Professor; Director of Percussion Studies
- D.M.A. West Virginia Unversity
- M.M., Miami University
- B.M.E., Eastern Kentucky University
- Department: Music
- Office: Foster 308
- Mailing Address: Foster 101
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 859-622-1334
- Web Page: http://people.eku.edu/koontzj
Dr. Jason Koontz has served as director of percussion studies at Eastern Kentucky University since 2000. He currently teaches applied percussion, percussion ensemble, percussion methods, music appreciation, world music, and directs both the EKU Percussion Ensemble and the EKU Steel Band.
He has traveled to perform and study world music/percussion in Europe (England, Holland, and Switzerland), Japan, Taiwan, Trinidad, Africa, India, Indonesia, and Brazil. Koontz has also performed with groups such as Global Rhythms, Blast, Birdsong Steel Orchestra, Silver Stars Steel Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops and Ballet Orchestras, Lexington Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Lexington Theater, the Art of Rice Traveling Theater (Indonesia), Tonus Percussion Trio, Resonance Percussion Sextet, Star of Indiana drum and bugle corps, Brass Theater, and the Southwind drum and bugle corps.
He is currently the Co-Director of the Birdsong Steel Orchestra's "Panorama Educational Program" (Trinidad), Treasurer for the Kentucky Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, a member of the Percussive Arts Society International Convention world music planning committee, a member of the Kentucky Music Educators Association, and is endorsed by Vic Firth Inc., Pearl, Ludwig/Musser, and Coyle Steel Drums. His compositions and arrangements for steel band and percussion ensemble are published by Drop 6 Media and Coyle Steel Drums, and Pan Ramajay Productions.