317 Performing Arts Announce New Program Coordinator

Ike Jackson Joins 317 Performing Arts as Veritas Program Coordinator for the upcoming season.


August 19, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - 317 Performing Arts is introducing Ike Jackson as the new program coordinator for Veritas Independent World Class Ensemble in the 2020 WGI season.

Jackson is the founder of three-time world champion WGI ensemble Pulse Percussion and Pulse Open, now a world-class ensemble. He has taught at Ayala High School since 1991, where he has won 11 WGI Championship titles and medaled over 20 times with the ensemble.

Jackson is program director for Dark Sky Percussion and show designer at Stryke Percussion. His designs have won the WGI Independent World Class fan-favorite show award three times in the last five years.

Jackson is the current program coordinator for the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. His past DCI leadership roles include percussion caption head at the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and corps director for the World Champion Division III Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps.

Jackson has worked as a percussion arranger and drill designer for more than 50 percussion programs across the US.

“Ike clearly has been a paramount force in the activity,” Executive Director Derrick Shannon said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he brings to the table for Veritas.”

Jackson has served on the WGl percussion advisory board and steering committee in past years. He was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame in 2018.

“Ike has built a reputation as one of the most innovative and forward-thinking designers and educators in the activity,” WGI Percussion Education coordinator Caleb Rothe said in a statement.

Jackson’s personal percussion experience includes marching for Riverside Community College and the World Champion 1994 Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.

Jackson is a founding member and vice president of the Southern California Percussion Alliance, where his ensembles have won numerous championship medals and over 100 first place awards.

He currently lives in Ontario, California with his wife and four children.