Jonathan Tirado is the Athletic Percussion Director / Arranger for the University of Texas at San Antonio Marching Percussion Ensemble. He teaches during the fall with the Roadrunner Marching Band known as the “Spirit of San Antonio” and during the spring with UTSA’s own Indoor Percussion Ensemble called the “Rhythm of San Antonio”.
He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida where he studied percussion under the direction of Jeff Moore and Kirk Gay. Born and raised in Orlando, Fl. Jonathan has been well versed in the marching, orchestral, concert, and jazz idioms since the age of seven. During his undergraduate studies, Jonathan marched four years within Drum Corps International. He performed under The Magic, Carolina Crown and The Cadets. He also performed for three seasons in Winter Guard International with Timber Creek Independent and Infinity Percussion.
As a teacher, Jon has worked with the William R. Boone High School, headed the percussion program at Timber Creek High School and was the Front Ensemble Arranger/Technician for Infinity Percussion. His primary instructors have included: Marty Morell, Tom Aungst, Colin McNutt, Bret Kuhn, Tim Fairbanks, Rhett Cox and Devin Hoey. Among his professional music career Jon has performed in the Disney Christmas Parade Toy Soldiers, Christ Church of Orlando and the Rhythm & Blue Drumline with the Orlando Magic.
He currently lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Estela. Jonathan proudly plays with Vic Firth sticks, Zildjian cymbals, Ludwig drums, Musser keyboards, and Remo drumheads.
UTSA Spirit of San Antonio (SOSA) Marching Band
UTSA Rhythm of San Antonio (ROSA) Indoor Percussion Ensemble