"Jacob, you've got GREAT hands!!! ...hands from hell..!!" Jim Chapin - circa 2005 (20th century’s most influential drum set educator)

International professional performance experience encompassing stage, screen and television in diverse musical styles.

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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"
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Jacob Kaye - Professional Drummer & Master Teacher with international professional performance experience encompassing stage, screen and television. A performer able to read, perform & teach all styles of music.

"Hey Brother ..!!.. still remember the time you 'went out' like Elvin Jones at Crystal Mansion Studios."Johnny Neel
(Allman Brothers Band, vocals on Walt Disney Records: Finding Nemo, Cars, and Ratatouille)

Jacob has been teaching professionally for more than 20 years, in Montreal alone - not to mention U.S., and has had 100's students during that time, ranging from beginners to touring professionals. Odds are, if you have frequented the Montreal music scene, you have caught a few of his students "in the act".
Currently, Jacob is teaching in Montreal, Qc. He is also available for work-shops and clinics.

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

Jacob - born in Wilmington, Delaware - has taken professional level studies in drum set, percussion, music theory, piano & arranging with well-known Percussive Arts Society "Hall of Fame" teachers Jim Chapin, Saul Goodman, and Michael Bookspan. And studied at the Conservatory of Music level at University of the Arts, University of Maryland, and a graduate of U.S. Naval School of Music.

Stylistic Experience Includes -                          

  • Big Band Jazz
  • 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 (concert band)
  • Wilmington School of Music (Instructor)
  • Orchestral Percussion

Accompaniment -

  • Johnny Neel (Opens YouTube) Grammy Nominated Keyboardist formerly with Allman Bros. Band, "Finding Nemo", etc Opens in YouTube.
  • Boise Lowery - Clifford Brown's first music teacher
  • Lee Greenwood (Opens in YouTube) - American country music artist, known for signature song "God Bless the USA". (one time piano sub)
  • U.S. Marine Corps Music Field - 13 years Professional Musician: Featured Drummer / Principle Percussionist/ Section Leader/ Arranger
  • Hal Schiff (leader of American Youth Jazz Band)
  • Sidemen from Woody Herman, Hubert Laws, "Philly" Jo Jones, Gary Burton, Hubert Laws, Buddy Rich bands.
  • Yossi & Avi Piamenta Band
  • Los Angeles Pops Orchestra - ( conjunct with U.S. Marine Band)
  • Delaware Symphony Orchestra - percussionist - Van Lier Lanning - conductor
  • Zemer Orchestra
  • Bill Shilling - Blues guitarist turned Jazz keyboard player

Venues -

  • Japan, Europe, Bermuda, Canada, Iceland, United States - a plethora of cities from Florida to Massachusetts to Philadelphia to L.A. and places between on East & West Coasts.
  • The Grand Opera House - Wilmington, De.
  • Walt Disney Movie "Spies", with David Dukes & Cloris Leachman - Musician Extra
  • Tampa Bay Jazz Festival
  • U.S. Naval School of Music Clinic
  • A good many music venues of the day (talent shows, college parties, concerts, etc.).
  • Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
  • Jazz Festivals, opening for B.B. King,
  • Pasadena T.V. Special in support of 1984 U.S. Olympics with Robin Williams, Bob Hope, George Burns, "Bread", etc on the "bill"
  • Non-Command performances for U.S. Presidents, & dignitaries. Former Presidents Ford and Reagan, U K royalty Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Albert
  • Private Parties & Exclusive dinners with Clint Eastwood, Sandra Locke, Caesar Romero, Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck, Bob Hope, etc in attendance
  • Good Morning America T.V. show numerous times with U.S. Marine Band





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