FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sherry Gittinger – 1-888-988-ROCK
THE DETROIT SCHOOL OF ROCK AND POP MUSIC™ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SPEAKS TO MICHIGAN MUSIC EDUCATORS
(ROYAL OAK, Michigan) – The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music is proud to announce that founder and executive producer Jason Gittinger, has been invited to speak at the 3rd annual Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids on January 25th, 2008 as part of the Technology Institute for Music Educators.
The purpose of the Michigan Music Conference is to provide an annual in-service opportunity for the professional development of Michigan music educators. An additional and unique component of the Michigan Music Conference is the Technology Pre-Conference event – a premier showcasing of new technology being used in music curriculums. It provides a hands-on opportunity to educators who want to incorporate the latest technology into their lesson plans. The membership of the Michigan Music Conference is comprised of the boards of directors of the: MASTA – Michigan Chapter, American String Teachers Association; MMEA – Michigan Music Educators Association; MSBOA – Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association; and MSVMA – Michigan School Vocal Music Association.
Mr. Gittinger’s presentation entitled, “Keep your classroom full, your students motivated, and your budget sound with Music Technology,” is intended to help music educators learn how the use of music technology can expand every part of their music programs. Specifically, they will learn technology-based ways they can: Increase communication among private instructors, music directors, students, and parents; Inspire and motivate the students enrolled in their program and their parents; Expand the enrollment of their program by implementing technology in your concerts, productions and promotional materials; and Educate and motivate their school administration and community on the benefits of music education and the use of music technology to enrich their lives. Following the presentation on Friday night, attendees are invited to see Jason perform in “The Mega 80’s” at The Intersection, a concert venue in downtown Grand Rapids.
Jason Gittinger is one of Detroit’s most versatile studio and live drummer/percussionists. He has performed extensively in pop, jazz and classical circles. A graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with a degree in Jazz Studies, Mr. Gittinger has studied with some of the drumming community’s most notable teachers including: Robert Breithaupt, Ed Soph, Steve Houghton, Jeff Hamilton, and Dave Weckl.
Mr. Gittinger has recorded extensively in a variety of styles. He has been heard on advertising campaigns for companies such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Cadillac, Lincoln, Dodge, and Mazda. He has produced and written music for television on Fox Stations across the country, library music company Gene Michael Productions, and is a member of ASCAP. His performances range from large venues such as The Palace of Auburn Hills, Ford Field, Comerica Park and The Fox Theater; to small scale engagements at country clubs, restaurants and schools like Pleasant Elementary School in Marion, Ohio. International tours have taken him to countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, and Spain.
He is the founder and Executive Producer of The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music,™ www.detroitschoolofrockandpop.com, a diverse musical community focused on the pursuit of excellence through a positive, motivating, and educational environment. He has taught drums, percussion, and music technology in the Grosse Pointe School System as well as The Calumet Center for Juvenile Justice in the Wayne County Correctional System. His family has been involved in music education and performance for over 40 years and he has taught privately at various teaching facilities across the Midwest. He frequently gives clinics and has also published articles: most notably “Amusement Park Drumming” in the November 2000 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. This article was written after he performed as an entertainer at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. He has also judged the Guitar Center Drum Off regional finals.
His current professional music endeavors include being a member of the highly successful production, The Mega 80’s www.mega80s.com, as well as the musical and technical director for Tangerine Moon Productions, www.tangerinemoonproductions.com. He spends considerable time producing and playing on recordings for various local and national artists as well as his church, Rockpointe Community Church, www.rockpointe.org. For more information about Mr. Gittinger’s professional music credits visit www.gititproductions.com.
He lives in Warren, Michigan with his wife Sherry and their daughter Jasmine.
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Interviews with staff members of The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music are available.