Zach Hinson

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Zach Hinson, a 2008 graduate of Mason High School, joined the district’s instrumental music staff in 2014. He currently teaches the 7th and 8th grade concert and jazz bands. During his time at Mason Middle School, ensembles have performed at the Bowling Green State University Reading Clinic, the Ohio Music Educators Association State Conference, and the Music for All Cincinnati Regional Concert Band Festival. In addition, students in the Mason Middle School band program have consistantly received the highest ratings at OMEA Middle School Large Group Contest and OMEA Middle School Solo and Ensemble. Zach also instructed the woodwind section of the William Mason High School Marching Band from 2014-2016. During this time, the marching band appeared in Bands of America Grand National Finals, was a Bands of America Regional Champion and performed in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. 

Zach received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Bowling Green State University. A saxophonist, he studied with Distinguished Artist Professor Dr. John Sampen, was selected as a winner in the BGSU Concerto Competition and BGSU Chamber Music Competition, and studied and performed in Florence, Italy. Zach’s first teaching positions were in the Keystone Local School District, where he served as the assistant marching band director, and the Jackson City School District, team teaching concert bands in grades 6-12 and the high school marching band.

He is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association, the National Band Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. In 2017, Zach received the "Outstanding Potential Award for Young Directors" from the American School Band Directors Association. Zach is currently pursuing his master’s degree in music education from Miami University.

Zach appreciates his family, friends, colleagues, and mentors for supporting his teaching career. Zach and his wife Abby, a band director in the Eaton City School District, enjoy spending their free time together with friends and family. 

Avious Jackson

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Growing up in an Air Force family that lived in many different places, Avious Jackson found one constant -- music. His love of music began when he joined his church and school choirs as a young boy and continues as a veteran teacher in his ninth year at Mason High School. Avious conducts the Symphonic Band, assists with all concert bands, directs jazz ensembles, and serves as brass co-caption head for the marching band. Ensembles under his direction have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and Severance Hall in Cleveland, and consistently receive superior ratings at Ohio Music Education Association adjudicated events.   

Avious began his teaching career in 2004 by returning to his alma mater, Stebbins High School, where he served as chairperson of the district’s music department, Director of Bands, and Director of Orchestras. Avious holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Miami University, where music continued to be his passion. He performed with the wind ensemble, jazz band, marching band, trumpet ensemble, and brass choir. He received his master’s degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois, and is a member of Music Educators National Conference, Ohio Music Education Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Avious credits his own high school directors, David Canaday, Jerome Rodenfelds, and Brett Robinson, and college professors, Gary Speck, James Olcott, and David Shaffer, for inspiring and influencing him. During his student teaching experience at Mason, professional mentors included Robert Bass and Micah Ewing, whose guidance continues to impact Avious’s teaching.

Jason Sleppy

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Jason Sleppy has been part of the Mason City Schools Band staff since graduating from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in music education in 2008. At Mason Middle School, he was part of a team teaching approach to directing 7th grade percussion classes and 8th grade concert bands. These ensembles performed at the Bowling Green State University Reading Clinic, the Ohio Music Educators Association State Conference, and the Music for All National Concert Band Festival.

Now in his first year at Mason High School, Jason’s responsibilities include team teaching the school’s six concert bands, conducting the spring musical, coordinating percussion in grades seven through twelve, and serving as Director of Percussion for the five-time BOA Grand National Finalist, William Mason High School Marching Band.

Jason is a member of OMEA/NAfME, is endorsed by Innovative Percussion, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Education from Miami University.


Susan Bass, Retired

Susan Bass credits the three most important men in her life for allowing her to pursue her passion of teaching music: her father Eugene Schrameck, who provided her with the opportunity; her husband, former director of Mason Bands Robert Bass, who has mentored her; and her son Andrew, a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, who has been a constant support to their family.

Susan’s family also includes the staff, students, and parents involved in the band program at Mason City Schools, where she is now in her 17th year. Susan teaches 7th and 8th grade concert bands, Middle School Jazz Band, and High School Pep Band, and she is the Director of the five-time BOA Grand National Finalist, William Mason High School Marching Band.

Prior to her years at Mason, Susan taught in the neighboring Kings Local School District for 14 years, where she was the Director of Middle School Bands, Assistant High School Band Director, and Winter Guard Director.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music Education, Susan also completed her Master in Education specializing in Curriculum Development from Walden University in 2008. Susan strongly believes that every student can achieve success; the key is finding the right instrument for that student and investing in each student, every day. Susan holds professional memberships in Music Education National Conference, Ohio Music Education Association, Phi Beta Mu, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Tau Beta Sigma.