Jake has taught drums to students in private and classroom settings. He’s presented over a dozen clinics at several high schools on all aspects of percussion.
In 2017 he graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, with a Major in Jazz Studies – Percussion Performance, and a Minor in Music Composition.
Both as a performer and composer, Jake R. aims to create imaginative, engaging, and visceral music that marries the compositional integrity of classical music with the fearlessness, freedom, and honest rhythmic approach of jazz. In 2017 he graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, with a Major in Jazz Studies – Percussion Performance, and a Minor in Music Composition. He was one of ten students in his class accepted to IU who was offered the Barbara and David Jacobs Scholarship, a full tuition merit based scholarship. While at IU he studied with master musicians Steve Houghton, Walter Smith III, Michael Spiro, Dave Stryker, Brent Wallarab, and others. He had the opportunity to perform with all of the musicians mentioned above, as well as luminaries Bobby McFerrin, Randy Brecker, Marquis Hill, and others. Highlights of his composition career include a Downbeat Student Music Award for his arrangement of Wayne Shorter’s composition “Infant Eyes,” a Hutton Honors College Grant to compose a new piece for Orchestra, and the B.M.I. David N. Baker Jazz Composition Scholarship.
Jake recently moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music, and will be studying Jazz Composition with Jim McNeely. He is involved in several ensembles the focus on original music both in the Midwest and in New York City, including the Indianapolis based jazz quartet Brother Sponge, and the New York based avant-garde trio Mike Barlow.