is currently in his twenty-sixth year of directing Band and just completed his second year at Waterloo West. Previously, Mr. Dobbs served as Band Director at Crestwood JH/HS in Cresco, IA for fifteen years. At West, he directs the Wind Symphony, Jazz II, and co-directs the Marching Band, Pep-Bands, teaches lessons, and helps prepare students for Honor Bands and Solo and Ensemble Contest. Mr. Dobbs’ Concert and Marching bands have earned Superior Ratings at State Contest for 23 straight years and Marching Bands under his direction have earned numerous top and upper placings in Iowa contests. His Jazz Bands have earned consistent Superior Ratings at State and National events and earned multiple appearances at the Iowa Jazz Championships. Mr. Dobbs’ groups have performed in Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, New York, Nashville, and Orlando.
A native of Pipestone, MN, Mr. Dobbs earned his Bachelor of Music Education Degree at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.
His professional affiliations have included IBA, NCIBA, NEIBA, IMEA, JEI, NEA and HWEA. Mr. Dobbs regularly adjudicates band festivals in the Midwest. He served as principal percussionist with the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra in Decorah, IA, and the Austin (MN) Symphony Orchestra. From 1992-94 he was a member of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Dobbs and his wife Angela live in Waterloo and have four children (two graduated and two at home) and two dogs that keep things exciting around the household. Jason enjoys his time with Family, coaching youth sports, and his far too infrequent golf, tennis, and camping outings.