Jason Huxtable is a busy performer and educator, active across a wide range of genres and performance situations and teaches Drum Kit at Leeds Arts University. Educated at the Birmingham Conservatoire he graduated with first class honours, an advanced postgraduate diploma in professional performance, many of the Conservatoire's competition prizes and was also conferred honorary membership of the institution (HonRBC).
Known for his versatility, Jason has performed with a huge variety of ensembles and has appeared at many of the UK's premier festivals across pop/rock (Glastonbury Festival, Bloodstock), jazz (Cheltenham Jazz, London Jazz Festival), world music (London Mela) and classical (BBC proms) styles. Media appearances have been diverse from live broadcasts on the BBC to appearances on television in such far flung locations as Argentina, Serbia and Texas. He continues to perform internationally across North America, Europe and Asia, recently collaborating with the Surge Big Band, tabla virtuoso Mendi Singh and the Los Angeles Philharmonic as soloist.
Jason is a member of the Maraca2 percussion duo, an ensemble that has had significant impact on the development of the genre. Maraca2 have performed at percussion festivals and concert halls across the world including an evening concert appearance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2013. The have appeared at over fifty Universities world wide delivering masterclasses, clinics and performances. Maraca2 are proud to endorse Pearl Percussion, Remo drum skins, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Sabian Cymbals and Marimba One marimbas. The duo direct the World Percussion Group, an ensemble dedicated to providing a platform for the next generation of drums/percussion talent from across the globe.
Jason has taught at a variety of UK HE institutions since 2005 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is currently engaged in doctoral study at the University of Birmingham, researching the effects of government policy on music UG programmes and student choice. Jason is president of the Percussive Arts Society, UK and Ireland Chapter.