A freelance film maker, composer, and passionate educator from Pittsburgh, Jesse is a dedicated supporter of the fine arts. In addition to world class experience as a percussionist, he has accumulated a uniquely diverse background that includes competitive athletics, dance, visual design, engineering, and theater.
Jesse currently serves as an active duty Marine musician with the "The Commandant's Own" United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. In December of 2016, he earned the title of United States Marine and currently resides at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. He is honored and beyond grateful to have the rare opportunity to serve while also promoting his passion for music and the marching arts.
Jesse is a proud alumni of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Music, studying and performing among many talented musicians and professors. In addition to studying the fine percussive arts under both Dr. Michael Kingan and Dr. Ronald Horner, Jesse's training includes over 3 years of world class marching percussion under the expert instruction of Rob Ferguson - director of Matrix Performing Arts, writer, designer, and educator. Jesse's active participation in collegiate marching bands, Winter Guard International and Drum Corps International ensembles has provided countless opportunities for competitions and performance tours across the United States, Belgium, Canada, and Switzerland.
Available as a composer, arranger, performer, private lesson teacher, and academic clinician, Jesse is eager to work and collaborate with students, artists, and musicians of all kinds to explore avenues of creativity.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2015: B.A. Music - Percussion
Community College of Allegheny County, 2011: A.S. Civil Engineering - CADD Cert.
Percussion lessons/ clinics: 2010 - present
Brentwood HS Marching Band: instructor/ writer, 2010, 2014, 2015
Keystone Oaks HS Marching Band: instructor/ writer, 2015
Saltsburg HS Marching Band: instructor/ clinician/ writer, 2012-2014
North Allegheny HS Marching Band: instructor/ writer, 2012- 2015
North Allegheny Indoor Percussion: instructor/ tech, 2011- 2015
University of Pittsburgh Marching Band: instructor/ writer/ arranger, 2012- 2015
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Marching Band: percussion tech/ clinician/ consultant, 2013-2015
Matrix Performing Arts: instructor/asst. visual choreographer, 2013
General Butler Vagabonds Drum and Bugle Corps: percussion coordinator, 2015
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indoor Percussion Ensemble: adj. instructor/ drill & visual designer, 2016
Mt. Lebanon HS Marching Band: instructor/ tech, 2016
Capital City Percussion: adj. instructor/ tech, 2017 season
Gridbook Percussion: Online percussion educator/ 2018 - Present
University of Pittsburgh Marching Band: (cymbals, snare) 2008-2010
Elements Indoor Percussion Ensemble: (synthesizer, snare) 2009, 2010
IUP "Legend" Marching Band: (snare) 2011-2012
Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, DCI: (snare) 2011
Matrix Performing Arts, WGI: (snare) 2011, 2012
IUP Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Winds, Symphony Band, & Orchestra: (percussionist) 2012- 2015
United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps: (snare, bass) 2017-Present