Jason Rygg has been a music educator since the fall of 1997 and has served as band director in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota School District since 2000. He is the first Director of Bands at the new George McGovern Middle School, which opened in the fall of 2014. He has taught beginning orchestra, as well as band at all levels including elementary, middle and at two high schools (Roosevelt and Washington) in the Sioux Falls School District. He has also held teaching positions in Mitchell and Ethan, South Dakota as well as Stanley, North Dakota.
He received his undergraduate degree in 1997 from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota, where he held the position of Principal Horn of the Minot Symphony Orchestra for three years and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Music Education. In 2006, Mr. Rygg received his master’s degree (in instrumental conducting) from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. He is active as a clinician and adjudicator, and is a member of South Dakota Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Education, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a professional men’s music fraternity. Mr. Rygg was one of five finalists for the Teacher of the Year Award in the Sioux Falls School District in 2013.
Mr. Rygg maintains a busy performance schedule as Assistant Principal Horn of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of the Sioux Falls Municipal Band. He has performed with the Dakota Wind Quintet (SDSO) as well as regional orchestras in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. Since 1998, Mr. Rygg has served as a guest artist/teacher of young horn players at the International Music Camp, located at the International Peace Garden between North Dakota and Manitoba. Since 2012, Mr. Rygg has also served as the Guest Conductor of the Middle Schools bands for the first session of IMC. Mr. Rygg was Conductor for the 2013 South Dakota Middle School All-State Festival Band in Pierre, SD, and has conducted other regional honor bands in South Dakota and Minnesota. In February of 2015, Mr. Rygg conducted the Junior High Gold Band at the All-West Tennessee Honor Band Clinic in Memphis, TN. In November of 2016, Mr. Rygg conducted the first ever Sioux Falls Middle School All City Honor Band.
His wife Beth teaches General Music at Hawthorne Elementary School in Sioux Falls. They have three children ages 18, 14, & 3.