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Jason Swagler is an Instructor of Music at Southern Illinois
University at Edwardsville. A member of the faculty since 2000, his teaching duties have included jazz saxophone, concert jazz band, lab band, combo, jazz history, music history, and music theory. Jason maintains an active performing career, playing between 100 to 150 dates a year under his own name and as a freelancer. He is the founding member of the soul jazz group, CommonWealth. Locally, he has performed in nearly every major (and minor!) venue in the St. Louis area, including Jazz at the Bistro, UMB Bank Pavillion, Fox Theatre, Pageant, Savvis Center, Busch Stadium, Touhill, and Sheldon Concert Hall. He has toured extensively throughout Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and the United States (from Key West, FL to Hollywood, CA). In 2004, a student of Jason's was selected as one of only two American finalists in The World Saxophone Competition held in London. In 2001, Jason's services were called upon when the wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney was learning to play the saxophone. He has also taught for Washington University, Southwestern Illinois College, and Greenville College. Jason is a product of the SIUE's Music Program, earning Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Jazz Performance, and Master of Jazz Performance degrees from the university.