Composing the Story Words Can’t Tell
Jared’s imagination was set on fire at a young age by the medium of film and his desire to be a part of the storytelling process through music. “I’ve said this many times, but John Williams is really the sound of my childhood. I saw Star Wars in the theater in 1977 and was absolutely captivated by that music. A few years later The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark were released, and through those films, John Williams became a sort of “true north” for me in terms of music that resonates deep in my soul.” For Jared, there is nothing more important than a story and the impact it has on those around it. It is only through story telling that we begin to understand faith, cultures, morality, and each other.
Playing in a Band
Making music with people in the context of a rock band has always been a priority for Jared. “While the music of John Williams has always been my strongest influence, it was playing high school rock bands that demonstrated community and the sense of belonging that music can provide.” While he has played in bands over the majority of his musical career, he had a special opportunity from 2007-2009. Under Jared’s direction, his band Mission would give away 30% of their revenue (not just 30% of the profit) to fund humanitarian efforts throughout the world. In those two years, the funds the band raised built two homes through Habitat for Humanity in Indonesia, fed an orphanage in Zambia through Spark Ventures, and provided medical supplies in the Congo through Heal Africa.
Apprenticing for Joseph Loduca
Upon graduating from Duquesne University with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance, Jared apprenticed with Emmy Award winning composer, Joseph LoDuca from 1993-1997. It would be here that he learned the business of writing music to picture, meeting tight deadlines, and becoming a professional musician.
The music industry and the deadlines it imposes can mercilessly wreak havoc on a family. These are hard lessons that everyone needs to learn one way or another, but ask Jared about his wife and kids, and he will tell you that his love for music is minuscule compared to his love for his family.
Anyone who spends time with Jared will quickly learn that he is a passionate baseball fan. While he is a third-generation New York Yankee fan, his love of the game extends beyond any team. Because Jared is left handed, he found an advantage playing baseball as a youth and would play for much of his childhood. His long-term goal is to visit every MLB park in America with his wife (they have visited thirteen parks so far). When Jared isn’t writing, he can be found on the baseball field with his son acting as an assistant coach. “It’s the best day of my week, no question.”