Jason Waddell is assistant professor of music at LLCC and has taught several years in the public schools as a director of bands and as adjunct music faculty for Richland Community College. He has taught courses such as: music technology, music appreciation, music composition, American music, humanities, improvisation jazz, class guitar, class piano, music theory and numerous ensembles.
Besides DMA coursework in music education at Boston University, Professor Waddell holds his double master’s degree in music composition/music theory with a concentration in music technology from Illinois State University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Millikin University.
Professor Waddell served as guest conductor in March 2013 for Springfield, Illinois High School’s All-City Music Festival at Sangamon Auditorium. Professor Waddell has served as a guest conductor for several middle school, high school and college music ensembles, including S.E.M.A. High School Honor Band in 2012, S.E.M.A. Junior High School Honor Band in 2010 and the IMEA District 5 Jr. Jazz Band.
He has had the opportunity through grants and commissions to compose, conduct and work with jazz and rock bands, orchestras, concert bands and choral ensembles. Professor Waddell recently published Seizing the Truth, a Saxophone quartet through newmusicshelf.com. He also published the book Twenty Etudes for Tuba through Cimarron Music Press. He has experienced all styles of music through the roles of conductor, educator, adjudicator, composer, arranger, performer, engineer and producer. In the last 15 years, he has produced a light rock album and several jingles for advertising. He continues to live a life full of music and enjoyment with his wife and three children.