Combining Passion with Excellence
Jeff Ausdemore / Doing Whatever It Takes
Jeff Ausdemore has experience performing, teaching, adjudicating, and writing for all levels of percussion education. Whether it is judging a DCI/WGI show during the competitive seasons, giving a clinic with a percussion ensemble, and yes, even consulting with band and percussion directors all over the country, Jeff has established himself as a highly sought after individual.
Jeff currently serves as President and Co-Founder of Stryvemind.com, a revolutionary online educational platform that impacts students and educators around the world. Prior, Mr. Ausdemore was the Director of Music at Grapevine-Colleyville’s iUniversity Prep. In this expanded role, Mr. Ausdemore oversaw all music curricula, including music theory, music history, music composition/arranging, as well as applied music for all primary and secondary level students. In addition, Mr. Ausdemore created the iMusic Club, a club dedicated to enriching the lives of all students enrolled at iUniversity Prep.
There is no greater joy than teaching - I love teaching students, teaching teachers, and being a lifelong learner.”
Prior to this post, Mr. Ausdemore served eleven years as the Director of Percussion Studies at Colleyville Heritage High School. In this role, Mr. Ausdemore served as the percussion coordinator, head of jazz studies, and co-director/composer/arranger of the Colleyville Heritage marching band. Under Ausdemore’s direction, the Colleyville Heritage High School percussion program flourished, gaining national notoriety through chamber music, guest artist concerts of all genres, recitals, and ensemble competitions. The percussion program has enjoyed competitive success at many levels, including the 2013 and 2014 gold medal for the North Texas Color Guard Association, as well as capturing the 2008 Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion title. Other accolades include the Percussive Arts Society’s “Call for Tapes” winners, the Percussive Arts Society’s Small Ensemble Champions, the Plano Drum Line Competition marching percussion champions, as well as the Lone Star Drum Line Competition champions.
Mr. Ausdemore has featured this unique pedagogical model at many state music conventions throughout the United States, including the 2009 and 2011 Texas Music Educators Association Conventions.
In addition to his teaching duties at Colleyville Heritage High School, Mr. Ausdemore served as the percussion arranger and caption head for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006 through 2010. During Ausdemore’s tenure at the Blue Knights, the percussion program produced several individual solo championships, ensemble championships, and a strong reputation for excellence, placing in the elite “top 12” in the Drum Corps International Championships consistently.
Prior to his appointment to CHHS, Mr. Ausdemore taught at the University of Texas Arlington, as adjunct professor of percussion. In this role, Ausdemore served as the percussion arranger/assistant director of the UTA Marching Band, taught percussion pedagogy/techniques classes, assisted the UTA percussion ensemble, and maintained a full private studio as well.
Mr. Ausdemore's performance background includes section and solo performances with several orchestras, wind ensembles, and percussion ensembles throughout the midwest and southwest United States, including the principal percussionist with the Texas Wind Symphony, and principal percussionist/assistant principal timpanist with the Las Cruces Symphony.
In 1995, Ausdemore recorded/toured with Benson Records recording artists Nouveaux, compiling three #1 singles on the CCM music charts between 1995 and 1999. While living in Nashville, Ausdemore participated in many recording sessions, both commercial and proprietary albums.
As a clinician, Mr. Ausdemore has given performances, clinics and workshops throughout the U.S. at several Percussive Arts Society’s “Days of Percussion”, including Arizona, Tennessee, New Mexico, California, Arkansas, Utah, Colorado, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Columbus, Ohio 2002, Indianapolis Indiana 2009, 2011) and the International Horn Society Convention (Beijing, China 2000). Ausdemore has served as a featured clinician at the 2009 and 2011 Texas Music Educator’s Association Conference as well.
In addition to teaching/performing, Mr. Ausdemore has composed/arranged, instructed and consulted with numerous Drum Corps International drum and bugle corps, college marching bands, and high school marching bands throughout the United States, including the Blue Knights, Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, Limited Edition, Northern Aurora, and Southwind.
Educator / 2008 - 2015
- Two-time NTCA Gold Medal Champions (Colleyville Heritage HS)
- Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion Champions (CHHS)
- Blue Knights, Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, and more (DCI)
- University of Texas Arlington, Former Adjunct Professor of Percussion
Clinician / 2000 - Present
- Percussive Arts Society's "Days of Percussion" (AZ, TN, NM, CA, AR, UT, CO)
- Percussive Arts Society International Convention (OH, IN)
- International Horn Society Convention (Beijing, China)
- Texas Music Educator's Association Conference (San Antonio)
Performer/ 1995 - Present
- Principal Percussionist (Texas Wind Symphony, Las Cruces Symphony)
- Professional Recording Artist (Nouveaux, three #1 singles on the CCM music charts between 1995 and 1999)
- Regularly Featured Artist/Guest Artist (PASIC, Midwest, TMEA)
Hall of Fame Inductee/ 2016
Jeff was recently inducted into the North Texas Colorguard Association’s Hall of Fame in 2016 for his role as VP of Percussion and Winds, and his work and contributions to the circuit at large.