Mr. Jason Freeman, son of Wayne and Denise Freeman, was exposed to music at an early age. He started playing the drums at age four and piano at nine. He started on alto saxophone in the middle school band, and was asked/ decided to learn to play the horn also. This decision was clearly a good one, as he soon became a competitive horn player throughout his middle school and high school years.
In 2007 Mr. Freeman enrolled at Winston-Salem State University and became a Music Education major. Mr. Freeman was a three year section leader and flourished as a member of the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Marching Band, and Horn Ensemble. Mr. Freeman is an avid music arranger, arranging traditional and popular tunes for various ensembles that have been performed at the university and in the community. In January of 2009, Mr. Freeman was selected to be a member of the prestigious National Collegiate Wind Ensemble in New York City. On May 24, 2009 Mr. Freeman performed under world-class conductors at Carnegie Hall. In 2011 Mr. Freeman was selected as first chair at the Historically Black College & University National Band Director Consortium.
In 2011 Mr. Freeman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. After graduation Mr. Freeman taught band at Lexington High School. In August of 2012, Mr. Freeman began his graduate studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts pursuing a Master of Music degree in Music Performance, studying under world renowned horn player Mr. David Jolley. Mr. Freeman graduated from University of North Carolina School of the Arts in May of 2014.
Over the past four years Mr. Freeman has taught high school band in Nashville, TN. Taking a program from seven members to as many as seventy-three members. Over 90% of Mr. Freeman’s band was made up from 9th graders who were interested in learning how to play. Mr. Freeman transformed the concert band from .5 grade level to a 3.5 grade level band. While in Nashville Mr. Freeman conducted the Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Pep Band. He is excited to return home and lead the Northwood High School Marching Chargers.