Percussion Instructor, The Cadets
The 2017 season marks Jacob Gall's ninth year as a Cadet instructor. He is excited and humbled to return for another season with The Cadets. In most recent history, Jacob was an integral part of the percussion staff that shaped and refined the performance of the DCI World-Champion percussion section in the summer of 2013. In the summer of 2012, Jacob was selected as Staff Member of the Year. Prior to teaching The Cadets, he was a member of the snare line for three years under the direction of Tom Aungst and Colin McNutt. In 2007, Jacob earned a distinguished service award, and in 2008 as the battery section leader, was awarded Cadet of the Year. Before marching with The Cadets, Jacob marched snare for the Crossmen in the summer of 2005, and marched tenors for the Jersey Surf in the summer of 2002.
Jacob hails from Richmond, Virginia where he was raised in a musical family of six. Growing up, Jacob had the privilege of learning from his father, a band director of thirty-one years, and his mother, an active performer as a singer and guitarist. From an early age, Jacob's passion was inherently centered around playing, teaching, writing and performing music. With the experience he gained as a musician under the tutelage of his father, Jacob's passion led him to choose a life of music.
Setting his sights on becoming a band director, Jacob attended the Pennsylvania State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Music Education with an instrumental emphasis in percussion. During Jacob's studies at PSU (2005-2010), he was an active performer both on and off campus. Notable classical performance venues include Juniata College (Huntington, PA), Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh, PA), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia, PA) and the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.). In addition to his classical studies at Penn State, Jacob also marched five consecutive seasons in the Penn State Blue Band, where he served as the drum captain his final three years. Also while studying at Penn State, Jacob was awarded the Eleanor Beane Scholarship for outstanding performance on marimba, and the Performer's Recognition Certificate.
Following his undergraduate studies, Jacob continued his education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2010-2012) and graduated with a Master's Degree in percussion performance. During his two years at UMASS, he served as a graduate teaching assistant to professor Thom Hannum. In addition to teaching marching percussion techniques, Jacob performed regularly in the top UMASS Marimba Band. It was during Jacob's first year performing in the Marimba Band that the ensemble received the prestigious Downbeat Magazine Jazz Showcase Award. While Jacob's teaching position was in the area of marching percussion and his degree emphasis was in classical percussion, his performance and teaching schedule was highly diverse on a day-to-day basis. As an extension of Jacob's classical performance experience, he was selected by his studio professor, Ayano Kataoka, to perform chamber music in the McCormick Marimba Festival at the University of South Florida (January of 2012), and the Bard College Chamber Music Performance in Annadale-on-Hudson, NY (February of 2012)
Currently, Jacob resides in Frisco, Texas where he serves as the Director of Percussion for Wakeland High School, Griffin Middle School and Cobb Middle School. Prior to Jacob's appointment in Frisco, he was employed by Bloomsburg University where he served as percussion studio professor and marching band director. Before teaching at the collegiate level, Jacob was a middle school band director in Stafford County, Virginia. In addition, Jacob runs and co-owns a newly established business (My Design Team) with two of his brothers. Through the business, Jacob writes and designs the percussion work for marching music ensembles.