Jason S. Gittinger is one of Detroit’s most versatile studio and live drummer/percussionists. He has performed extensively in popular, jazz and classical circles. A product of musician parents and a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with a degree in Jazz Studies, Mr. Gittinger has studied with some of the drumming community’s most notable teachers including: Robert Breithaupt, Ed Soph, Steve Houghton, Jeff Hamilton and Dave Weckl.
Mr. Gittinger has recorded extensively in a variety of styles. He has been heard on advertising campaigns for companies such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Cadillac, Lincoln, and Mazda as well as produced and written music for television on Fox and library music company Gene Michael Productions. His live performance experiences have been at venues as diverse as The Palace of Auburn Hills for the Detroit Pistons and Pleasant Elementary School in Marion, Ohio. International performances and tours have taken him to countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, and Spain.
Jason S. Gittinger
He is the founder and Executive Producer of The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music®, www.detroitschoolofrockandpop.com; a diverse musical community focused on the pursuit of excellence through a positive, motivating, and educational environment. He has taught drums, percussion, and music technology in the Grosse Pointe School System as well as Calumet Center for Juvenile Justice in the Wayne County correctional system.
He has also taught privately to select private students at various teaching facilities in the Midwest. He frequently gives clinics and writes articles and blogs such as “Amusement Park Drumming” in the November 2000 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine written after tenure as an entertainer at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. He speaks regularly to the Michigan Music Educators, Technology Institute for Music Education, various local civic organizations as well as presents clinics to professional entertainment companies such as Cedar Point Amusement Park.
His current professional music endeavors include being both a member of the highly successful production, The Mega 80’s, www.mega80s.com; as well as the musical director for Tangerine Moon Productions, www.tangerinemoonproductions.com; “home of the nation’s greatest tribute acts and imaginative entertainment.” He also spends considerable time producing and playing on recordings for various local and national artists as well as his church, Rockpointe Community Church, www.rockpointe.org.
Jason, an avid “community builder”, goes out of his way to educate and nurture young and aspiring musicians about being a professional. He supports causes that teach people that being a success in life is not a singular pursuit but a team endeavor. He sits on the board of the Royal Oak, Michigan Chamber of Commerce and through The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music provides music lessons, entertainment and support to many local charities, organizations, and students that may need help.
The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music® has accomplished a lot in it’s short existence. The students have played numerous concerts at places and events such as, The Palace of Auburn Hills, The Royal Oak Holiday Magic Parade (televised), The Henry Ford Museum, The Detroit Zoo, The Royal Oak Clay Glass and Metal Show, The Wolfman Mac’s Nightmare Sinema. They have also hosted clinics with artists such as; Larry Fratangelo (Kid Rock), Kris Pooley (Smashing Pumpkins, Gwen Stefani, Morrissey), Ginger Pooley (Smashing Pumpkins), Luis Resto (Eminem, Was Not Was, Producer), Robert Breithaupt (Capital University), as well as others. They have been featured in articles on CNN.com and The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, Metromode.com, The Marion Star and various other features.
Jason lives in Warren, Michigan with his wife Sherry and their daughters Jasmine and Samantha.