Dr. Jason Nicholson is currently the assistant professor of percussion at Utah State University. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas, his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Winthrop University, and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Miami. Jason has been an active performer in orchestral, jazz, chamber, solo, pop and world genres throughout the Salt Lake City, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, and Charlotte metropolitan regions. He has performed with notable groups such as the American Festival Orchestra, the Corey Christiansen Trio, the Larry Smith Big Band, The University of North Texas Wind Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony, and the 8 Hands Percussion Ensemble. In addition to his training on traditional Western percussion instruments, Jason has extensive experience in Afro-Cuban drumming and African Drumming.