Marching Band & Drum Corps
The most important aspect of the marching arts is to keep the accent on the arts. Jake Kaplan is an award winning composer and arranger whose ability to respect tradition without sacrificing innovation has been praised by music educators and DCI program coordinators. Jake's custom shows have been successful in several different competitive circuits and his unique brand of combining jazz and contemporary idioms with traditional competition style marching music has been very effective in engaging students and educators alike.
He currently arranges/composes for DCI level drum corps, as well as New Jersey area high schools. His dynamic personality makes him very effective as an educator as well, having worked as both a music and marching tech and as a caption head in the same roles. He believes placing artistic agency in the hands of students is a powerful and unique experience, and all students deserve such a chance.
Additionally, Jake Kaplan is a founding partner of Con Moto Productions, a company dedicated to creating and providing access to creative material for marching bands of any level or size.
Cherokee High School Marching Band '19
JKMS Original Show - "Reflections"
(regional championship winner)
Cherokee High School Marching Band '17
JKMS Original Show - "Contagion"
(state championship winner)