USC - DMA, M.Mus.
Curtis Institute of Music - B.Mus.
Dr. Jason Gamer is an active performing artist and educator with a broad spectrum of musical abilities and interests. He earned degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music (B.Mus) and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music (M.Mus, DMA). He served as an Assistant Professor at Utah State University where he was Director of Music Theory, and taught private and group lessons in Applied Trumpet Performance. Jason was also a Lecturer at California State University Dominguez Hills. In Spring 2010, he was invited as a guest trumpet instructor to the Utrecht School of the Arts in Utrecht, Holland.
Jason has played trumpet in several ensembles including the New West Symphony, St. Matthew's Chamber Orchestra, Riverside Philharmonic, Opera Pacific, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Solo engagements have included performances with the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, West Coast Composers Forum, the USU Wind Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble, and the renowned United States Continental Army Band. Jason has also performed with Hollywood Klezmer, Orchestre Surreal, and with the legendary punk rock band Violent Femmes. He has also played on studio recordings for television shows broadcast on HBO, A&E, and ESPN, and performed on the soundtracks for independent films such as Elephant's Egg and The Tao of Pong. He also appears on several albums with the Jason Lee Bruns Jazz Collective. Dr. Gamer's original orchestral music was featured in the award-winning documentary The Other Dream Team, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
An accomplished conductor, Jason has led the Los Angeles Russian String Orchestra, the Henry Mancini Alumni Brass Ensemble, and serves at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as a faculty music director. From 1995-2006, he served as music director and conductor of the Wild Ginger Philharmonic, which he co-founded. In 2004, Jason received the Founder's Award for Humanity in the Arts from ICAP, the International Committee of Artists for Peace.