Jason Crafton

Jason Crafton

Assistant Professor - Trumpet, Jazz Studies, Interim Music Chair

Jason Crafton is Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Virginia Tech and he directs both of the large jazz ensembles. He is also currently serving as Interim Music Chair.  Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, he held positions at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, North Central Texas College, the University of Northern Colorado, and in various Dallas-Fort Worth area public schools.

In addition, he has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Roanoke Symphony, Ash Lawn Opera, Dallas Wind Symphony, and Dallas Opera.

Contact Me

(540) 231-6713
242-V Squires (0138)
290 College Avenue 
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Trumpet
  • Research/Production: Jazz Ensembles
  • Teaching Areas: Trumpet, Jazz Studies

Education & Training

  • D.M.A., University of North Texas
  • M.M., University of Northern Colorado
  • B.M., Drake University

What do you most enjoy about your  work?

I enjoy working with my students and colleagues to create meaningful and worthwhile performances and works of art. A group of diverse individuals coming together to create something of value, and the personal relationships that are formed in the process, is very satisfying to me personally and professionally.

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?

I enjoy when students exceed their own expectations. Many people have preconceived notions of their capabilities, I enjoy being able to help a hard working young person realize that they are capable of more than they ever thought possible.

When do you first remember making the decision to go into the arts?  What were the circumstances?

I was convinced I wanted to follow in my father's footsteps and become an engineer, even though I'm not very good at math. My mother, who has a degree in studio art, recognized my lack of passion (and ability) for the subjects related to engineering and encouraged me to pursue a career in music. While many of my family and friends were concerned about my choice to pursue music, she was unwavering in her support. Her realization that my success in life would be predicated on my own hard work and not a specific field of study taught me a powerful lesson about life and the value of the arts. In retrospect my undergraduate degree in music set me up for possible careers in law, medicine, and business (in additional to music), and was one of the best choices of my life. Thanks Mom!

Name a play, film, or recording that has influenced you and that you would recommend to others. Share why you made this selection.

Miles Davis
"In a Silent Way"
Lee Morgan
Duke Ellington
"The Complete Blanton-Webster Recordings"
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
"The Complete Mahler Symphonies"
Bob Dylan
"Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • International Trumpet Guild
  • Artist/Faculty at the National Trumpet Competition
  • Artist, Bach Trumpets

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