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Jason K. Nitsch (b.

1977) Holds a Masters of Music in Music Education


from Boston University and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from
the Baylor University School of Music in Waco, TX. During the completion
of his studies Jason was a student of Michael Haithcock, Jeffrey Grogan,
Jerry Luckhardt, Dr. Patrick Jones and Dr. Larry Vanlandingham. Over his
career he has performed with a variety of wind ensembles, concert bands
and orchestras. Additionally, Jason is a former member of Drum Corps
International's Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming.
During his undergraduate studies Jason became quite interested in
arranging, and subsequently, formal composition. His initial arrangements
were well-received and he soon found himself inundated with requests for
custom arrangements. During this time Jason also began composing
original works of varied instrumentation, and was encouraged by his
professors and colleagues to continue exploring this developing talent.
Mr. Nitsch recorded his first film score in the summer of 2000, "Passing
By", a film by David M. Chandler and G. Kent Rabalais. He has had three
original compositions selected for Bandworld Magazines list of top 100
new publications for band: Ferris Wheel (2005), On the Banks of the River Shannon (2006) and American Visions
(2008). Mr. Nitsch's commissions have also been featured at the 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Mid-West International
Band and Orchestra Conventions in Chicago, Illinois. In 2010 he composed the original score for the film documentary
The Library of the Early Mind, directed and produced by noted author and filmmaker Edward Delaney and author
Steven Withrow. Additionally his music appears on various state prescribed music lists for public school band
performance.
Jason's original works, commissions and arrangements include performances with The Chicago Brass Choir; The
University of North Texas, Dr. Kevin Chairizzio, Professional Trombonist; Arizona State University; Baylor University;
Ithaca College, Mesa State College, The University of Minnesota, Ole Miss University, and Syracuse University. His music
has been performed across the United States, Europe, Australia and Canada.
Past and present professional affiliations include the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a
former Resident Member of the Center for the Promotion of Contemporary Composers (CPCC), World Association for
Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Bandmasters Association
(TBA), Texas Music Adjudicators Association (TMAA), Texas Jazz Educators Association (TJEA) and the Percussive Arts
Society (PAS).
Jason is currently published with C. Alan Music Publishers of Greensboro, North Carolina; the FJH Music Company, Fort
Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Mesa Music Publishers, Grand Junction, Colorado; and TRN Music Publishers, Ruidoso, New
Mexico. In 2009 he launched Suburban Zombie Music in order to promote and distribute his entire catalogue of
compositions.
Although he enjoys the creative outlet available to him through composition, Jason remains committed to his lifelong
dream of teaching music. He is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Klein Collins High School in Spring, TX. He
comes to this position having taught previously at Deer Park High School in Deer Park, TX and Dulles Middle School
and Lake Olympia Middle School, both of which are in the Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas.
He currently lives in Spring, Texas with his wife Nicole and daughters Ainsley and Payton.
Visit www.suburbanzombiemusic.com for the latest news, concert performances, mp3 recordings, to purchase scores and
sets of music, or to contact the composer!

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SZM073 for Saxophone Quartet (2011)

Commissioned by the Tesseract Quartet


Mike Bartunek, Jonathan Ellwein, Chris Schuster and Antoine Poitras

by
Jason K. Nitsch (ASCAP)

I. The Trip Is Never Long


II. A Trip Takes Us
III. Secret Destinations
IV. When the Sea Is Calm
V. Mingo
VI. The Whole Trip
Copyright2011byJasonK.Nitsch
Copyright2011bySuburbanZombieMusic
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Trippin (2011) for Saxophone Quartet was commissioned by the
Tesseract Quartet: Mike Bartunek, Jonathan Ellwein, Chris Schuster and
Antoine Poitras, at North Dakota State University in the spring of 2011.
Trippin is about the voyages that we all take as we travel through the
years. It was, in fact, conceived during a personal journey of my own: 18 hours
in the car to Colorado! The quotes that precede each movement are meant to
set the tone for that portion of our quest and may be printed in the program,
or read aloud between movements. Mvt. V Mingo is a reference to my
favorite musical group, Mingo Finshtrap (www.mingofishtrap.com), who often
find their way onto my playlist when I am on a journey . . . both literally and
spiritually.
The remainder of the movements are but cut-scenes from the
adventures of life. There are several references through the piece which
loosely point toward the continuing idea of traveling. I often used a set of 8th
notes paired together in various segments of the piece to represent the
rhythmic click-clack of the highway as you move cross country. There are also
moments of heavy traffic, insane freeway interactions and lonely isolation on
the open road. Many moments in the piece are littered with the trademark
crescendo-decrescendo of approaching and passing motorists on their own
journeys. Finally, a great series of chromatic runs narrates the final frantic
escape from the car, and the great slamming of the front door as the voyage
ends.
It is my great hope that you thoroughly enjoy Trippin many times as
you make your own journey through the world!

Jason K. Nitsch

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Notes to the performers
- All marked tempos should be taken as a guide. Some segments may
benefit from a few beats one way or the other. Feel freedom to
tinker.
- My personal preference is that the piece be performed in its entirety.
Although there are breaks between the movements, and their
association is loose at best, the concept of the piece relies on the
culmination of each individual experience and is greatly reduced
without the inclusion of each movement.
- All glissandos between notes can be achieved through pitch bending,
or through a combination of pitch bending and chromatic fingering
depending on the abilities of the performers.
- The length of the fermatas has largely been left at the discretion of
the musical common sense of the performer. Use your best
judgment.
- In Mvt. IV, the accompanying figures should vary their musical
phrasing as much as practical to create the illusion of waves on the
sea during the rhythmically simple passages.
- In Mvt. V, the slapping of keys should be done as aggressively as
possible, particularly once the soloist begins to play.
- The Tenor Saxophone improvisation in the fifth movement can
continue as long as the performer is comfortable, without getting too
drawn out. In lieu of backgrounds, the other performers may
improvise some rhythmic accompaniment using the slap keys
technique until the last time.
- Several passages are marked 8va is possible, but should be avoided if
the octave increase detracts from the sound of the ensemble.
Additionally, there may be sections which benefit from an octave
change which are not marked. Feel free to adjust as necessary.

To your friends house the trip is never long


- J. Wallace Day

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2011 by Jason K. Nitsch


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The greatest companion in the journey of life is music


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