Jeff Ausdemore is Percussion Coordinator at Colleyville Heritage High School. In this role, Mr. Ausdemore serves as the percussion coordinator, head of jazz studies, and co-director/composer/arranger of the CHHS marching band.
Under Ausdemore's direction, the Colleyville Heritage High School percussion program has flourished, gaining national notoriety through chamber music, guest artist concerts of all genres, recitals, and ensemble competitions. The percussion program has enjoyed competitive success at many levels, most recently capturing the 2008 Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion title. Other recent accolades include the Percussive Arts Society's "Call for Tapes" winners, the Percussive Arts Society's Small Ensemble Champions, the Plano Drum Line Competition marching percussion champions, the Lone Star drum line competition champions, and the North Texas Color Guard Association gold medalist.
In Mr. Ausdemore's first year at CHHS, he launched the GCISD Percussion Club, expanding the student's musical education and enriching the lives of over 80 GCISD middle and high school percussion students throughout the district. The GCISD Percussion Club presents master classes, clinics, solo and ensemble performances by local and regional professionals throughout the north Texas area. The GCISD Percussion Club has produced a record amount of students selected for the GCISD "Select Band", the Region 24 "All-region Band", the Region 24 "All Region Jazz Band", and the Texas "All-State Band". Currently, two CHHS students hold the national title for the Percussive Arts Society's solo champion.
Ausdemore featured this unique pedagogical model at the 2009 Texas Music Educators Association Convention, in a clinic supported by Marimba Warehouse and Pro Mark sticks and mallets.
In addition to his teaching duties at Colleyville Heritage High School, Jeff Ausdemore currently serves as the percussion arranger and caption head for the Blue Knights drum and bugle corps, a position he has held since 2006. During Ausdemore's tenure at the Blue Knights, the percussion program has produced several individual solo championships, ensemble championships, and a strong reputation for excellence, placing in the elite "top 12" in the Drum Corps International Championships consistently.
Prior to his appointment to CHHS, Mr. Ausdemore taught at the University of Texas Arlington, as adjunct professor of percussion. In this role, Ausdemore served as the percussion arranger/assistant director of the UTA Marching Band, taught percussion pedagogy/techniques classes, assisted the UTA percussion ensemble, and maintained a full private studio as well.
Mr. Ausdemore's performance background includes section and solo performances with several orchestras, wind ensembles, and percussion ensembles throughout the mid west and southwest United States, most recently including the principal percussionist with the Texas Wind Symphony, and principal percussionist/assistant principal timpanist with the Las Cruces Symphony.
In 1995, Ausdemore recorded/toured with Benson Records recording artists Nouveaux, compiling three #1 singles on the CCM music charts between 1995 and 1999. While living in Nashville, Ausdemore participated in many recording sessions, both commercially and proprietary albums.
As a clinician, Mr. Ausdemore has given performances, clinics and workshops throughout the U.S. at several Percussive Arts Society's "Days of Percussion", including Tennessee, New Mexico, California, and Colorado, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Columbus, Ohio 2002), and the International Horn Society Convention (Beijing, China 2000). Ausdemore served as a featured clinician at the 2009 Texas Music Educator's Association Conference, as well.