Jason W. Freeman – Director of Bands
NHS alum Jason Freeman returns for his first year as Northwood’s director of instrumental music. A graduate of Winston- Salem State University, he was an arranger, a three-year section leader and a member of the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Marching Band, and Horn Ensemble. In 2009, he was selected as a member of the prestigious National Collegiate Wind Ensemble and performed under world-class conductors at Carnegie Hall. In 2011 Freeman was selected as first chair at the HBCU National Band Director Consortium and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. After graduation he taught band at Lexington High School. In 2014, he received his Master of Music degree in Music Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Over the past four years he taught high school band in Nashville, TN, taking a program from seven to as many as seventy-three members. While in Nashville, Freeman conducted Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Pep Band. Mr. Freeman now conducts the “Marching Chargers,” Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. During the 2018-2019 school year the Northwood Band program received Superior ratings at all five Marching Band competitions and Carowinds “Festival of Music.”
Mr. Freeman is a member of North Carolina Music Educators Association and Central District Bandmaster’s Association
Amy Savage – Lead Percussion Instructor and Arranger
Amy Savage, a professional percussion specialist living in Holly Springs, NC, is active in the development of the contemporary concert and marching percussion ensemble. Currently, Amy serves as percussion instructor and arranger for the Cary and Northwood High Schools in North Carolina. Additionally, she consults, instructs and arranges for several high school marching band programs in the Raleigh-Durham area, and arranges for the Miami University Marching Band in Oxford, OH. Amy was the Director of Marching Percussion at Duke University in Durham, NC, and CO-founder of the Rhythm Alive Percussion Group for junior high and high school students in Pittsboro, NC. In the summer, Amy teaches at the Matt Savage and Alan Keown Marching Percussion Camps in North Carolina and Oregon. Amy also clinics and adjudicates around the country including with the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Camps, Atlantic Indoor Association (AIA), Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA), and Rocky Mountain Percussion Association (RMPA).
Amy recently won the WGI Richmond Percussion Regional and the AIA Percussion Scholastic Class A Championships with the Cary Indoor Percussion. As a member of the World Champion Garfield Cadets, Amy was awarded the DCI Individual’s Championship in ensemble percussion. During this time, she received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Her extensive teaching and arranging experience with several Drum and Bugle Corps includes Jersey Surf, Cadets (formerly Garfield Cadets), Bluecoats, Glassmen, Poynton Commodores (England), and Starriders (Germany). Amy was featured in the May 2009 issue of Halftime Magazine in an article by Dennis Delucia entitled “Women of Marching Percussion”. Amy is published with Jalen Publishing and Row-Loff Productions.
Amy is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and is a proud Educational Clinician/Endorser for Malletech, Sabian Cymbals and Remo Incorporated.
Rebecca Clemens – Marching Tech/Brass Specialist
Becca is a music educator and freelance musician from Chapel Hill, NC. In 2016, she began teaching K-8 music at Silk Hope School in Siler City. Becca received a Bachelor’s of Music with education licensure from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s degree in Bass Trombone performance from Texas State University. At Texas State she worked as a graduate assistant with the Bobcat Marching Band,Basketball Band, and the undergraduate brass methods classes. Becca currently serves as the Associate Director for the UNC Summer Jazz Workshop and as a sales representative for Sheridan Brass Instruments. She also enjoys an active freelance career playing and teaching throughout the triangle area.
(From left to right) Amy Savage (percussion), Jason Freeman (Director of Bands), Becca Clemens (Low Brass), Kevin Crumley (High Brass), Bryan DeCristofaro (High Reeds), Emily Huneycutt (Low Reeds).