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"...in traveling over 40,000 miles across our nation (U.S.) performing before 1.8 million people with appearances on coast to coast television successful performances at 180 diversified events to include music clinics and jazz festivals reflected great credit upon himself and the USMC"
Certificate of Commendation (excerpt from one of 10 year's performances)

U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

  • Good Conduct Medal (4 stars)
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 stars)
  • Rifle Expert Badge (4th award)
  • Letter of Appreciation (10)
  • Certificate of Commendation (2)

Performance Section - Biography

Jacob's professional career started at the age of 15 with professional commitments for the DuPont family with seasoned professionals, like Hal Schiff (notable tenor player & leader of American Youth Jazz Band).

Jacob studied drum set, percussion, music theory, piano, and small group arranging with well-known Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame teachers Jim Chapin, Saul Goodman, Michael Bookspan as well as Music Conservatory level studies.

Highlights: Jacob's Stylistic Experience                                     

  • Big Band Jazz (featured soloist)
  • Small Group Jazz (leader)
  • Top 40 Cover (Show-Band)
  • R&B Funk
  • Rock/ Contemporary Pop
  • Latin Afro/ Cuban
  • Country
  • Marching Percussion (Section Leader)
  • Concert Band (Principal Percussionist)
  • Small group Jazz (leader)
  • Staff Arranger for concert band (one season)

1992 Disney Movie "Spies", starring Cloris Leachman (Jacob & band as musician-extras in costume).

Contracted for 13 years as a Professional Musician: Drummer/ Percussionist with U.S. Marine Corps music program. Performances in Japan, Netherlands, Bermuda, Iceland, Canada, United States East & West Coasts - Jazz Festivals, opening for B.B. King, Non-Command performances for U K royalty, U.S. Presidents, & dignitaries. Queen Elizabeth II, Former Presidents Ford and Reagan, Prince Albert; Clint Eastwood, Sandra Locke, Caesar Romero, Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck, Bob Hope etc ... a graduate of U.S. Naval School of Music. It's... like "old school" one and a half years at Berklee College of Music, Boston condensed into 6 months of extremely intensive training & advanced placement allowed Jacob to forgo the previous 6 month course.

His music experience in Jr. & Sr. High school was concert & marching bands, small group performances. Continuing after school hours playing in various bands in the area performing at a plethora of music venues of the day (talent shows, college parties, concerts, etc.). And, work with neighbor and friend, Johnny Neel (Grammy Nominated Keyboard Player, formerly with the Allman Bros. Band "7 Turns" album , Disney "Finding Nemo", etc.)

Then Club-work started, performances with Boise Lowery (Clifford Brown's first music teacher) and Boise’stwo nephews Sean (Berklee graduate) and Dexter Koontz (currently, with Alfie Moss & Dexter Koontz Project). Culminating in his first big band professional performance at...what today is known as, the DuPont's Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (with sidemen from Woody Herman, Hubert Laws, "Philly" Jo Jones, Gary Burton, Hubert Laws, Buddy Rich bands).

Before entering into the contract with the U.S. Marine Corps Music Program he was recipient of a grant, based on audition performance, for studies, as a performance major, at University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1976.

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