Percussionist, educator, and performer, 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 as being an 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. Several of his students went 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. While teaching at Center Grove, Jason helped the drumline achieve the WGI PSW Silver and Bronze medals as well as several BOA Grand National Finals appearances. He was also involved with the percussion ensemble in their 2010 Midwest and 2011 PASIC performances serving as a coach. In 2014 he had the opportunity to be involved with the Macy's Parade in New York City.
Jason is an active performer in the Indianapolis area. Currently he helps manage and perform in the Indianapolis Colts drumline. He has also performed in Super Bowl XLVI on stage with Kelly Clarkson in the National Anthem and Madonna in the half-time show.
For six seasons Jason also taught as a battery tech with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming.
Currently Jason serves as Past-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 laid the groundwork for a large scale State Finals venue held at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Indiana.
He is currently in his third year as the Assistant Director of bands and Percussion Director for Franklin Community High School in Franklin, Indiana. In his time, the percussion program initiated a Drum-A-Thon fundraiser that is a 24-hour event showcasing all of the FCS Percussion program. He also initiated a Night of Percussion concert with 6th grade through collegiate level performances that have special guest artists perform alongside the students. The indoor percussion program has made IPA state finals each year of Jason's tenure and in 2019 made their first appearance at WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.
Jason lives in downtown Indianapolis with his wife Heather and their two wiener dogs, Bentley and Dexter. He proudly uses Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, Adams percussion instruments, Remo Drumheads, and Zildjian Cymbals.