Sergeant First Class Jason D. Ham is among a new generation of musicians appearing on the American military band scene. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Jason began his studies as a student of Ronald Davis. After multiple appearances in the South Carolina All-State Bands, he attended the University of Georgia, where he studied with the late David Randolph, Ken Kroesche and David Zerkel. In 2001, Jason graduated from UGA, obtaining degrees in both Music Education and Music Performance.
While at UGA, Jason was an active competitor on the euphonium, winning the Atlanta Brass Society Solo Competition, the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition and the Solo Euphonium Artist Competition at the 2001 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC) in Lahti, Finland. He has placed in the MTNA Collegiate Brass Competition, the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition, the International Philip Jones Competition and the Tuba Quartet Competition at the 2000 ITEC, held in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
In 1995, Jason attended the summer session of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) in Greenville, South Carolina, where he was an honors recitalist, guest conductor of the Governor's School Orchestra and the recipient of the school's highest award, the Callie S. Rainey Award. From 1996 to 2001, Jason served on the faculty of the SCGSAH, culminating as the Vice Principal for the Summer Program. Now advising similar programs in the northeastern United States, he remains an outspoken supporter of the school, which is now a nine-month residential academy for gifted and talented students in South Carolina.
Since entering the West Point Band in 2002, Jason has maintained an active performance schedule, both in and out of the band. In 2003, he performed and presented master classes at tuba-euphonium conferences, colleges and universities, and several music festivals, including the Hudson River Regional Festival and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, USA, held in Charleston, South Carolina.