A New Mexico native, Jared has been an educator and performer, in and around the Four Corners area, for the past 13 years. He studied music at San Juan College and Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and currently serves as the Chancel Choral Director at the First United Methodist Church. Jared also works with non-profit organizations throughout the area. He also serves as the director of the Civic Winds Jazz Orchestra via the Southwest Civic Winds. Specializing mainly in Jazz & Blues education and performance, Jared enjoys a wide array of musical influences including symphonic, Latin/Salsa, Funk, Reggae, & Rock.
While studying both locally and abroad, Jared has been extremely fortunate to play alongside some of the best musicians in the country. He enjoys working with students from all walks of life and personally strives to learn something new every day. In his off time he enjoys performing with several different ensembles, learning about jazz history, spending time with family and friends, and attending live concert events.
Integrating a broad range of musical styles, he enjoys teaching and performing with students & adults from all walks of life. Jared encourages everyone to sing, play, and enjoy music each & every day!