Jeff Ausdemore

TJeffAusdemore is currently serving in his ninth year as Associate Director of Bands at Colleyville Heritage High School. In this role, Mr. Ausdemore serves as co-director of jazz studies, co-director/composer/arranger of the marching band, as well as the percussion coordinator at Colleyville Heritage High School and its three feeding middle schools. 

Under Mr. Ausdemore’s direction, the Colleyville Heritage High School percussion program has flourished, gaining national notoriety through countless concerts, solo recitals, and ensemble competitions.  The percussion program has enjoyed competitive success at many levels, including the current 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, the North Texas Color Guard Association gold medalist, as well as many sub-caption awards for best front ensemble, bass line, snare line, and tenor line.  The Colleyville Heritage percussion program is perhaps best known for its annual spring concert, featuring an annual guest artist of a different genre each year, to fit within the rotating percussion curricu   lum.  Recent guest artists have included Steve Smith, Dr. Blake Tyson, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Tommy Igoe, Casey Cangelosi, Marco Minnemann, Lalo Davila, Paul Wertico, Team Islas, Will Kennedy, and Chad Wackerman. 

In Ausdemore’s first year at CHHS, he launched the GCISD Percussion Club, expanding the students’ musical education and enriching the lives of over 80 GCISD middle and high school percussion students throughout the district.  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, featuring Jeff Ausdemore and the students of GCISD.  Mr. Ausdemore and his students have now been featured at the Percussive Arts Society and the Texas Music Educators Association conventions several times. 

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”, the Texas “All-State Band”, as well as several national titles from the Percussive Arts Society’s solo competition. 

In addition to his teaching duties at Colleyville Heritage High School, Jeff has served as the percussion arranger and caption head for the Blue Knights drum and bugle corps, a position he held from 2006-2010.  During Ausdemore’s tenure at the Blue Knights, the percussion program consistently produced several individual DCI solo champions, as well as several DCI ensemble champions.  

  Prior to his appointment to CHHS, Mr. Ausdemore taught at the University of Texas Arlington, as adjunct professor of percussion.  In this role, Jeff 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. 


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.  


Throughout his career, Jeff has given performances, clinics, and workshops throughout the U.S. at several PAS Days of Percussion (California, Arizona, Tennessee, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, Michigan), the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Columbus, Ohio 2002, Indianapolis, Indiana 2009, 2011), the International Horn Society Convention (Beijing, China 2000), as well as several state music educators conventions throughout the U.S. 

In addition to performing, Mr. Ausdemore has composed/arranged, instructed and consulted with numerous Drum Corps International drum and bugle corps, college marching bands, and high school marching bands, including the Blue Knights, Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, Limited Edition, Northern Aurora, and Southwind. 

 Ausdemore has served as music director/composer for the Insignia Percussion Ensemble.  The Insignia Percussion Ensemble participated in the north Texas Winter Guard International circuit locally and regionally, winning the 2004 NTCA gold medal in their inaugural season.   

Jeff endorses and proudly serves as a clinician for Dynasty/Bergerault Musical Instruments, Pro Mark sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drum heads, and Marimba Warehouse.   

Mr. Ausdemore's professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, the Texas Music Educator's Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.  Ausdemore holds a Master of Music degree with distinction from New Mexico State University (2002), as well as Bachelor of Music degree with high honors from Belmont University (1999).