Jason Chevalier is a Professor of Music, teaching the History of Rock, and also serves as the Music Department Chair and the Outcomes Coordinator for the College. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music degree from California State University, Fullerton, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Capella University.
Hired in August 2000, Professor Chevalier was Director of Bands and served in that position until 2008. Bands under his direction have received acclaim through their performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and Orange County Performing Arts Center. Under his direction, the Instrumental Music Program at Mt. SAC more than tripled in size and distinguished itself as one of the leading collegiate band programs in the state, as evidenced by the Wind Ensemble’s performance at the College Band Director’s National Association Western/Northwestern Regional Conference in 2006 in Reno, Nevada. Under his leadership, the Wind Ensemble took part in the commissioning of numerous new works, including Blue by Ran Galor, Journey’s End and The Mountaineer by Steven Mahpar, Phantasticke Spirites by Donald Grantham, Voice of the City by Richard Danielpour, Pandemonium by Roger Cichy, and Vintage Renaissance and Beyond by William Kraft. Prior to his role at Mt. SAC, he taught at Upland High School, where he developed a highly-regarded instrumental program, which included a featured performance at the National Concert Band Festival.
Students from these programs have gone on to study music at the University of Texas, Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, University of Southern California, University of North Texas, Eastman School of Music, University of California, Los Angeles, the California State Universities, and others.