Mr. Ash is Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music, and Director of Instrumental Activities at Howard Payne University. He is also the trumpet instructor in the area of applied music studies. Mr. Ash began his work at HPU in the fall of 2005, having been a student at the school, graduating in 1992. He is the director of both the Yellow Jacket Marching Band and the symphonic band as well as the Central Texas Community Band.
Mr. Ash spent 13 years in the public school system of Texas as Director of Bands and head of the music studies at the Mason Ind. School District in Mason, TX. While in Mason, his bands received UIL Sweepstakes awards during all of his last nine years there. The band in Mason, under Mr. Ash’s direction, was one of the largest in the state in class 2A, with approximately 50% of all high school students involved in the program during his tenure there. His band competed at the area level of marching contest in 5 consecutive competition years, and won many honors in invitational contests throughout the Central Texas area. Ash was recognized by the Mason Chamber of Commerce as the Outstanding Educator for Mason ISD in 1998.
Mr. Ash has served as an instructor and clinician for marching and concert bands throughout the state. He is a member of the Texas Music Educator’s Association, College Band Director’s National Association, Texas Bandmaster’s Association, and the Texas Music Adjudicator’s Association.
Ash received his Bachelor of Music Education from HPU in 1992. While at HPU he received the Outstanding Musician Award from the school of music in ’88,’89’,’90, and ’91. He received his Master of Music Education from Angelo State University in 1997 with honors.
In the summers of 2008 and 2010, Mr. Ash was appointed as the conductor/clinician for the Texas Baptist All-State Band. In 2008 the band traveled to Germany and performed at the Baptist World Youth Alliance convention in Leipzig before some 10,000 students from over 100 countries. While in Germany, the band also performed in Wittenburg and Berlin.
Ash is married and has four children. He has been actively involved in music ministry in area churches for the past 24 years and also has served his community as an EMT-Paramedic, which he also views as a ministry opportunity. His commitment to the preparation of his students for both musical leadership as well as successful personal and spiritual life habits compels him to see his students flourish in all of their endeavors at HPU.