Jett Hitt, Composer and Yellowstone Outfitter

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Jett was born in Bentonville, Arkansas and grew up near there on a ranch. He often refers to himself as an "Ozark Mountain Hillbilly" with a penchant for training horses, and to authenticate his heritage he will be more than happy to tell you about his grandfather who was incarcerated during the 1930s for making moonshine.

He holds degrees in both music and German, including a doctorate in music composition. His teachers have included Miles Osland, Joseph Baber, Ted Hansen, and Carolyn Hickson. His works include Yellowstone for Violin and Orchestra, Doe-eyed, and Prelude to Good-bye.

He has worked as a professor at the Technische Hochschule in Merseburg, Germany, Idaho State University, and Sam Houston State University.

He is now an outfitter in Yellowstone National Park, giving guided horseback tours, including pack trips, day rides, drop camps and fly fishing trips.

Jett has photographed the Yellowstone Park extensively, and you can view his photos on-line at Yellowstone Photos.

You can download MP3s of many of his compositions as well as read more about him and his works at Yellowstone Wilderness Publishing.

Jett's Résumé

Favorite Quote For where thou art, there is the world itself, and where thou art not, desolation. (William Shakespeare)

Favorite Book East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Favorite Composers Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninov

Favorite Movies Lord of the Rings, Legends of the Fall, English Patient, Star Wars, Mountain Men, Lawrence of Arabia, The Lion in Winter

Dislikes Mean people, greedy people, anti-environmental people, fundamentalist religions

Basic Philosophy Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW--What a Ride!"