Jake Cummings is currently the percussion instructor at R.B. Stall High School in Charleston, South Carolina. After graduating high school in Pittsburgh in 2004, Jake attended West Virginia University where he earned a Music Education Degree. While at WVU he performed and served as a section leader for many concert, jazz, and contemporary ensembles. This included serving as the center snare and section leader for the Sudler Trophy winning marching band The Pride of West Virginia during their 2007 season. After graduating from WVU, Jake was offered the graduate and teaching assistant position for the percussion studio at The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, California State University Long Beach. In May 2011 he completed his studies and received a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance. A Bob Cole scholar, his graduate/teaching assistant responsibilities included instructing the Percussion Ensemble, Freshman Steel Band, and Percussion Methods class as well as serving as section leader for many different groups at Long Beach. In March of 2011 he travelled with the nationally renowned CSULB Wind Symphony to Seattle as Principal Timpanist to participate in the conference of the College Band Directors National Association.
His professional experience includes working as an arranger and percussion instructor for numerous high and middle schools across the United States including RB Stall High School, Wando High School, Baldwin Park High School, Orange High School, Warren High School, Irvine High School and West Middle School. He has performed with multiple professional orchestras including the Beaver Valley Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, and the Bellflower Symphony. Along with orchestral playing, he freelances as a solo and ensemble steel pan player. His performance resume includes playing pan with groups such as the Island Hoppin’ Steel Drum Band and the Dave Longfellow Ensemble. Jake’s most influential instructors include George Willis, Michael Carney, and Raynor Carroll.