Zach Compston directs the overall education programs for the Jazz Arts Group. He oversees logistical and administrative duties, vision and direction of JAG’s educational programming in schools and in the community, including the Columbus Youth Jazz Program, All That Jazz, PBJ & Jazz, Jazz Academy programs and school programs for pre-K through college.
Zach is a highly regarded drummer, percussionist and music educator, known for his passion and experience in many avenues of the music world. He is versatile in drum set, world and classical percussion performances, and educational settings. His drum set experience includes performances with Andrea Bocelli, Pete Mills, and Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra. His classical and world percussion experience includes the Lafayette Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, River City Brass Band, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and the Latin Jazz Collective. An associate instructor at Indiana University while pursuing his MM, he taught the percussion techniques course, gave private lessons, and conducted the percussion ensemble. A former instructor at the Ohio State School for the Blind summer band camp, Zach has developed a keen ability to communicate and connect with people of all ages. Zach is a graduate of Indiana University with a Masters in Music, and is a graduate of Capital University, where he received a BM in Jazz Studies.