Jason Cumberledge is currently Interim Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Louisville where he serves as Assistant Director of the Cardinal Marching Band, conducts the University Community Band, Concert Band, and teaches courses in music education, including marching band techniques and wind band pedagogy. Prior to his arrival in Louisville, he served as Interim Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Central Florida where his responsibilities included directing the UCF Marching Knights. Dr. Cumberledge also served as a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University, where he worked with the university’s athletic and concert bands, including the Marching Chiefs, Symphonic Band, and Seminole Sound, and taught courses in instrumental music education. He taught for nine years in Worcester County Public Schools, MD. In addition to these posts, he served as director of the Kittanning Fireman’s Band, leading them to a Pennsylvania state senior marching band championship in 2002.
Originally from Ford City, PA, near Pittsburgh, Dr. Cumberledge holds a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an MME and PhD in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting from Florida State University. His conducting teachers include Richard Clary, Patrick Dunnigan, and Jack Stamp.
Dr. Cumberledge is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, band clinician, drill writer, and music arranger. His arrangements and transcriptions have been performed at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels. He has presented research at national, state, and regional conferences, including the NAfME Biennial National Conference, CBDNA Athletic Band Symposium, and Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education. His published articles have appeared in the Journal of Band Research, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Research Perspectives in Music Education, and the Florida Music Director. Dr. Cumberledge’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, American Bandmasters Association, Kentucky Music Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma.