Dr. Jason Rinehart appointed Associate Director of Bands at the University of South Alabama

Posted on June 1, 2016 by William Petersen
William Petersen

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Dr. Jason Rinehart has been appointed Associate Director of Bands at the University of South Alabama.

The University of South Alabama Department of Music is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Jason Rinehart as Associate Director of Bands and Associate Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Alabama.  Dr. Rinehart joins the USA faculty after serving for the past nine years as Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Louisiana, Monroe.

As part of his duties at USA, Dr. Rinehart will serve as conductor of the USA Symphony Band, Associate Conductor of the USA Wind Ensemble, and Associate Director of the 250-member Jaguar Marching Band.  In addition, he will conduct the Jaguar Pep Band and instruct courses in conducting and marching band techniques. Dr. Will Petersen, Director of Bands at the University of South Alabama, remarked that “we are thrilled to have Jason joining the faculty of the Department of Music and University Bands at USA. He has experience in so many diverse areas – wind band conducting, marching band, arranging and drill design – that he will be a huge asset to the Jaguar Marching Band, University Bands, and Department of Music.”  Petersen added “Jason has a warm, engaging personality that I believe will mesh well with our students and faculty and his drive for excellence will keep the both the wind bands and athletic band program moving forward in a great direction.”

Dr. Rinehart will assume his duties at USA in August with the beginning of Jaguar Marching Band Preseason Camp.  In addition, Dr. Rinehart is an accomplished hornist and will continue to freelance in the Gulf Coast region.

To contact Dr. Rinehart, please email rinehart@southalabama.edu.

Please join all of us in the Department of Music and Jaguar Marching Band in welcoming Jason to campus!



Dr. Jason Rinehart was appointed to the faculty of the University of South Alabama in 2016 as Associate Director of Bands and Associate Director of Athletic Bands. From 2007-2016, Rinehart served as Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, and Director of Orchestras at the University of Louisiana, Monore. At ULM he directed the Sound of Today marching band, the Technical Fowls basketball pep band, the Symphonic Band and guest conducted the Wind Ensemble. Prior to his appointment at ULM, Rinehart taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music, Benedictine College, and St. Louis Community College.

Jason received his Doctorate in Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also holds degrees from Texas Tech University (Bachelor of Music Education) and Southern Methodist University (Master in Conducting). In addition, Dr. Rinehart studied conducting with David Effron and Gunther Schuller at the Brevard Music Center. In 2013, Dr. Rinehart was a Finalist for the American Prize in Conducting.

Professional ensembles under his leadership include the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Atchison Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, Fountain City and St. Louis Brass Bands, in addition to numerous collegiate orchestras and wind ensembles, and conducting over forty-two main stage opera and musical productions. An avid lover of the stage, Jason has also been a director for such musicals as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Les Misérables. Dr. Rinehart also served as conductor for the 2015 New York State Band Directors Association All-State Middle School Band.

Dr. Rinehart is in demand as a clinician and has worked with ensembles in Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Mississippi, California, Ohio and Illinois. Jason is in his seventh year as third horn with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and has played with numerous orchestras in Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Missouri. His composition Three Russian Miniatures for Horn and Piano is published by Cimarron Music Press, and his Sing me now asleep for mezzo-soprano and flute was premiered in NYC by Rebecca Ashe and Katherine Crawford.

Dr. Rinehart has been involved with the drum and bugle corps activity for over 20 years beginning as a marching member with the Sky Ryders and Phantom Regiment and was previously taught with Pioneer, Capital Regiment, and the Boston Crusaders, and was the Brass Caption Head for the Glassmen, and Spirit of Atlanta.  He now serves as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International and the Central States Judges Association.

He holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Louisiana Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. At ULM, The Student Government Association awarded Dr. Rinehart the 2014-2015 Faculty Advisor of the Year award for his work with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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