Jason Hammond-Wood holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree from Indiana State University where he studied under Dr. Jimmy Finnie. While in attendance at Indiana State, Jason was a part of numerous performance ensembles as well being and adjunct faculty member.
Jason began his marching career with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003 where he performed for two seasons. He was also a member of the ISU Drumline, Indiana Pacers High Octane Drumline and the Indianapolis Colts Drumline. Jason has also performed with the Terre Haute Symphony, Lafayette Symphony, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
Jason has been involved with teaching in Indiana since 2001. In 2008 he began working within the Center Grove community schools in Greenwood, Indiana as a private lessons instructor and drumline technician. His studio consists of over 40 students in grades 6-12 that take applied lessons on all percussion instruments and styles. Several of his students have gone on to participate in the Indiana Jr. All-State Band, BOA Honor Band, the Army All-American Band, as well as various DCI and WGI performance ensembles.
Since his arrival at Center Grove Jason has helped the drumline achieve the WGI PSW Silver and Bronze Medals as well as several BOA Grand National finals appearances. He has been involved with the percussion ensemble in their 2010 Midwest and 2011 PASIC performances. In 2014 the Center Grove Band performed in the Macy’s Parade in New York City. Jason also performed in Superbowl XLVI on stage with Madonna and Kelly Clarkson. He just completed his sixth season teaching as a battery tech with the Troopers Drum in Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming.
Jason currently serves as President of the Indiana Percussion Association. In his time on the board of directors he has worked to expand the educational opportunities for the association through clinician opportunities, expanded scholarships and sponsorship support, and a large scale State Finals venue to culminate each season.
Jason lives in downtown Indianapolis with his wife Heather and his two wiener dogs, Bentley and Dexter. Jason proudly uses Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, and Adams percussion instruments.