About Jason Groon

Jason Groon started as the 9-12 Director of Bands for the Harrisburg School district in the fall of 2008. Prior to joining the faculty at Harrisburg, Mr. Groon was the 5-12 Director of Bands for the Arlington School District in Arlington SD from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Groon earned his Bachelors of Music Education from South Dakota State University, where he performed in the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, and served as Drum Major with the “Pride of the Dakotas” marching band — including a trip to the 2003 Rose Bowl Parade. In 2011, Mr. Groon earned his Master of Music Education degree from Boston University. In addition to his duties with the Harrisburg School District, Mr. Groon also maintains an active adjudication schedule and has guest conducted for local band festivals. He also serves on the South Dakota Region II Music Board. Mr. Groon is also a member of the South Dakota National Guard, serving as a clarinetist and bassist with the 147th Army Band. Mr. Groon has received several military awards including; the Army Commendation Medal, the South Dakota Achievement Medal, and the South Dakota Distinguished Service Ribbon, as well as being named 5th Army Soldier of the Year in 2003. Mr. Groon’s professional affiliations include: NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, South Dakota Bandmasters, South Dakota Music Educators Association, & the National Education Association. In 2011 Mr. Groon was presented with the “Young Director Award” from the South Dakota Bandmasters Association, and in 2015, Mr. Groon was named in the School Band and Orchestra “50 Directors Who Make A Difference Report.” Mr. Groon currently resides in Harrisburg with his wife Lisa and their sons Cade and Parker.

Welcome Back to a New School Year!

Welcome back to the 2013-2014 school year! Good luck in all your instrumental endeavors! The South Dakota Bandmasters Association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, literary and education purposes. These include: (1) promoting mutual cooperation, friendship and fellowship among the band directors of the state (2) cooperating with and aiding other music associations (3) improving [...]

2017-01-29T11:57:03+00:00September 9th, 2013|SDBA News|0 Comments

SDBA Summer Symposium

YOUNG BAND DIRECTORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO THE SDBA SUMMER SYMPOSIUM Where: CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL BANDROOM When: AUGUST 10 - 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Cost: FREE Schedule: 10:00 Dave Haugen - Seven Steps to a Better Elementary Band (Along with some 7/8th, jazz, marching, pep and HS selections ) Dave has excellent literature lists [...]

2017-01-29T11:57:03+00:00July 16th, 2013|Upcoming Events|0 Comments

Sioux Empire Spectacular

The Sioux Empire Spectacular will be held on July 9th in Sioux Falls and includes a clinic with Carolina Crown (Drum Corps International World Champion Runner-Up from this last summer). This clinic is a "side by side" clinic which means your students can march and play/spin with Carolina Crown! Our show and clinic will be [...]

2013-03-21T10:48:43+00:00March 21st, 2013|Upcoming Events|0 Comments

Living Legends to present “Help Keep Music Alive” Initiative

Liverpool Legends, Beatles Tribute Band consists of four talented musicians and actors who were hand-picked by Louise Harrison – sister of the late George Harrison of the The Beatles. Louise’s involvement with Liverpool Legends makes them the only band in the world with a close, direct biological link to the original Fab Four. Headlining their [...]

2017-01-29T11:57:03+00:00January 18th, 2013|SDBA News|0 Comments

All-State Jazz Band Audition Material Online

The audition material is now live for the 2013 SD All State Jazz Band.  You can find this information by going to www.sdasjb.org  Everything should be fairly straight forward but please take the time to read the audition material page.  Couple of notes for you all: All documents are in PDF….email me if you have [...]

2013-01-17T13:50:13+00:00January 17th, 2013|SDBA News|0 Comments

NSU to Perform in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade

Congratulations to the Northern State University Marching Wolves for their selection to the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC on January 21.  This is the second appearance of the band, as they were also selected for the 2005 event.  The band is under the direction of Dr. Boyd Perkins, Dr. Terry Beckler, Jessica Perkins [...]

2013-01-18T12:00:11+00:00January 13th, 2013|SDBA News|0 Comments

Conference Performing Bands Announced

The following bands will be performing during the 2013 South Dakota Music In-Service: Menno High School Band, Gwen Wenisch, director Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, Michael Hench, director Madison Middle School Band, Luke Sursely, director Lincoln High School Symphonic Band, Bob Carlson, director Northern State University Symphonic Band, Boyd Perkins, director South Dakota State University [...]

2012-12-05T10:54:47+00:00December 5th, 2012|SDBA News|0 Comments

Keith Brion to Headline Bandmaster’s Conference

2013 marks the 85th anniversary of Sousa's Golden Jubilee tour with performances in Aberdeen, Brookings, and Sioux Falls. Keith Brion occupies a most unique niche in the music world with his interpretation of the persona of John Philip Sousa in the 1920s. Brion leads his New Sousa Band in re-creations of Sousa band concerts of [...]

2017-01-29T11:57:03+00:00December 4th, 2012|SDBA News|0 Comments