UCSB Jazz Ensembles Director
Jon Nathan

Jazz Ensemble Director Jon Nathan has been a figure in the Santa Barbara musical scene since his arrival almost 10 years ago. He holds a BM in jazz studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MM in Percussion Performance from Cal State University at Northridge. During his time there, he was introduced to William Kraft, and was asked to continue studies with Mr. Kraft at UCSB, where he recently finished his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Jon has served as principal percussionist with the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, is principal timpanist with the Santa Barbara Grand Opera Association, and frequently plays extra percussion with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and other pickup orchestras in the Santa Barbara/Ventura area, He was founding drummer in the Animal Liberation Orchestra and played in various jazz groups in Santa Barbara, including the Nate Birkey Quintet. He has served as Jazz Ensemble Director and Percussion Instructor at Moorpark College, has taught Techniques of Percussion at Westmont College, and was the Applied Music Percussion Instructor at Santa Barbara City College. Jon also serves as the Percussion Instructor and Percussion Ensemble professor at UCSB, loves the challenges of performing and teaching in both the classical and jazz worlds.