Dr. Jared Spears is Professor of Music Emeritus at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and received the B.S.E. degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University: the B.M. and M.M. in Percussion and Composition from the Cosmopolitan School of Music: and the D.M. in Composition from Northwestern University. Some of his teachers were Blythe Owen, Alan Stout, and Anthony Donato.
Spears has taught theory, composition, percussion, and band on all levels, from elementary through college. Since his retirement from ASU in May of 1999, he has maintained a busy schedule of composing and conducting. He resides in Chesterfield, MO.
The most outstanding of his awards have been the Faricy Award for Creative Music from Northwestern University School of Music, Award of Merit from the Arkansas Chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs, Outstanding Educators of America - 1973 and 1975. He has been listed in the International Who’s Who in Music and Who’s Who in The World of Percussion-U.S.A. and is a recipient of several ASCAP Awards. He has also received a Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association, Sigma Alpha Iota Arts Associate, and several ASCAP awards. Spears has also received the President’s Award for the outstanding faculty member of Arkansas State University, as well as an appointment as a President’s Fellow.
Spears has composed music in many mediums, from radio and television to over 250 original works for concert band, choir, orchestra, and chamber ensembles. He has conducted band festivals, camps, and clinics in the United States, Europe and Canada and has made appearances at universities as guest lecturer.
This exceedingly groovy jazz original was written for percussion ensembles who want to swing the roof off! It’s a high-energy conversation between five players on bells, xylophone, marimba, chimes and vibes and the other three percussionists on timpani, toms and drum set. Short solos for some players are included, and paying attention to dynamic contrasts...
This unique and well-crafted collection of ten originals for percussion quintet presents an exciting array of selections celebrating music styles from around the world. The instruments required are available in most band rooms, making these pieces excellent choices for percussion class, concert and contest venues.
10 grade 1-3 originals are presented in this collection for standard mallet instruments. Jared Spears is an expert at composing fresh, colorful and exciting pieces that students love to play. These unaccompanied solos in a wide variety of styles are perfect for study, concert and contest.
This work opens with the native musical colors and excitement of an African celebration. A recreation of a war dance follows, which will drive the music to a smashing conclusion. Though the score calls for authentic African percussion instruments, optional substitutions using standard equipment may be made and are clearly explained in the score.
A carnival of sounds, moods, textures, and colours greet the ears of performers and audience alike in this rhythmically invigorating overture. All eight players serve as multiple percussionists, giving listeners the impression that the piece is being performed by a much larger group.