IKE JACKSON: PROGRAM DESIGNER/DIRECTOR
Ike Jackson has been working with Ayala High School since 1991. In his twenty-six years as a percussion instructor, he has worked with more than 50 different percussion programs at the high school, college, and drum corps levels. A prolific percussion arranger, judge and drill designer, Ike has worked with various percussion ensembles all across the US.
His competitive marching career started as a teenager as a member of the Sound Machine Youth Organization. He then performed as tenor player for the Riverside Community College Marching Tigers from 1992 to 1994. Finally, he finished his marching career as a member of the 1994 Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, going on to win the title of World Champion.
Ike is currently Vice President of the Southern California Percussion Alliance and a founding member of SCPA. He is also a member of the Winter Guard International Percussion Advisory Board and has worked on the Steering Committee as well. In 2006, Ike created Pulse Independent World Percussion Ensemble and POW Percussion in 2010, and is currently also working with Strike Independent World Percussion. Ike is a Mapex and Majestic Featured Artist; as well as, endorsed by Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, and Remo Drumheads. Ike has recently worked on research and development projects with many major drum and cymbal companies to make many of the products used by today's percussionists.
Ike has helped his percussion ensembles win 15 WGI World Championship medals, 34 WGI World Championship Finalist placements, 47 Regional Finalist placements, 14 Regional Championship titles, and a Bands of America Grand National Finalist appearance in 2004 and 2014. He was the Corps Director of the 2006 division III World Champion Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps and from 2012 to 2016 as the Percussion Caption head at The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and is the current Program Coordinator for the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. Locally, his ensembles have won numerous SCPA Championship medals and over 100 first place awards. Ike currently lives in Ontario, California with his wife and four children.
2020 will be Ike’s 4th season as an ensemble consultant and his 3rd season as the Program Designer.