All Original Works by Spraggins: Copyright © 2007- 2015 Jason A. Spraggins

Monday, June 1, 2015

"Behind the Voice" (Spraggins and Brown)

"Behind the Voice" is a song that Andy Brown and I wrote in 2011.  Jon Statham recently produced this demo (  

The art in the video is by Helen Frankenthaler (December 12, 1928 – December 27, 2011): an American abstract expressionist painter. She was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. Having exhibited her work for over six decades (early 1950s until 2011), she spanned several generations of abstract painters while continuing to produce vital and ever-changing new work. (wiki)

Included in the video are two photos of Frankenthaler.  

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"CIBOLA (Seven Cities of Gold)" for concert band

An original piece for concert band inspired by the legend of the Seven Cities of Gold.

The Seven Cities of Gold is a myth that led to several expeditions by adventurers and conquistadors in the 16th century. It is also featured in several works of popular culture. According to legend, the seven cities of gold could be found in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

HMS Band Students Attend Solo and Ensemble

On March 21st, several of the band students attended a solo and ensemble contest at North Side High School in Jackson where they performed a variety of solos, duets, and trios for judges and were scored.  Scoring ranged from 1 to 5 with 1 being the highest ranking, reserved for the best players.  All together they were awarded 10 ribbons- five "excellent" ratings and five, top scoring, "superior" ratings.  In addition we had two students awarded ribbons for scoring a 3. It was a good day for the HMS Band!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Saturday, May 31, 2014

"Imaginary Friends" Demo Recordings

"Imaginary Friends" is a 2011 song that I wrote with Matt Glickstein.  I wrote the lyrics and Matt the music.  In 2012, it was named a Semi-Finalist in lyrics category of the UK Songwriting Contest.  These demos were recorded earlier this year, and they have been entered into 2014 contest's adult contemporary category. 
Solo Recording
Duet Recording

Fine Arts Night, 5/12/14

Mr. Spraggins with his 8th Graders

HMS Band performing "School Spirit March"

HMS Band performing "La Cucaracha"

HMS Band performing "Ode to Joy"

Mr. Spraggins and Josh Currie

Saturday, May 24, 2014


Here is a short piano piece that I wrote last month called "Prelude"...

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

HMS 2013-2014 Band and Guard

West TN Solo and Ensemble Contest

On March 18, I took several of the band students to a solo and ensemble contest where they performed a variety of solos, duets, and trios for judges and were scored.  All together we were awarded 12 ribbons- 10 "excellent" ratings and two, top scoring, "superior" ratings.  It was a good day for the HMS Band!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"I can humiliate or heal... "

“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”

-Haim Ginott

Friday, November 29, 2013

"The True Meaning of Christmas" (Glickstein/Spraggins)

A month or so ago, one of my songwriting partners, Matt Glickstein, asked me to help provide lyrics to a melody he had conceived.  He was wanting to create a song for his students at the Lanai Academy of Performing Arts in Hawaii to perform.   We worked together and came up with a song called "The True Meaning of Christmas."  Matt had the kids recorded a demo recording, and they plan to perform the song several times during the Holiday season.  One of these performances will be at a special Christmas concert appearance by up-and-coming jazz artist Brenna Whitaker.  We are very proud of the kids and of the message behind the song.  Stay tuned for more updates...

"The True Meaning of Christmas"
Performed by students of the Lanai Academy of Performing Arts
Lanai, Hawaii

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

General Music Class Fun...

My General Music Classes recently finished a unit on "Rhythm" and "Pitch."  The culminating activity was to have them read and perform simple melodies from sheet music on pitched tubes ("Boom Whackers") and xylophones (bells).  The students seemed to have learned a great deal in a short amount of time and were able to play these simple melodies with minimal instruction- a good sign that they understand the concepts we've been working on.  It's always difficult to have this much activity in a classroom, but the organized chaos seemed to be well worth the effort! Next week, we start a unit on Music History!




Saturday, November 9, 2013

My new job...

I've just started my new job as the Band Director and General Music teacher at Haywood Middle School in Brownsville, TN.  Stay tuned for updates!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"Ghosts" (Glickstein/Spraggins)

"Ghosts" was the first song that I wrote with composer Matt Glickstein.  We have since written many songs together long distance (Matt lives in Hawaii and I live in TN).  This song ("Ghosts") was written in the summer of 2011.  It was nominated as "Best of" in 2011 and was named a semi-finalist in the adult contemporary category of the UK Songwriting Contest in 2012.  Jon Statham provided vocals and guitar on this demo.  Matt played piano. 

music and lyrics copyright 2011 Glickstein/Spraggins