Originally from Denmark, Jake started learning the drums at the age of 11 with the Copenhagen Caledonia Pipe Band and in the early years received instruction from local drummers Per Nørklit, Sven Harboe and Jens Hedegaard. He also took inspiration from visiting tutors, such as Tom Brown, Reid Maxwell, Eric Ward and Barry Wilson.
In November 2000, Jake moved to Scotland to join the drum corps of the Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band, then led by Jim Kilpatrick MBE. During his time with the Shotts he took part in winning all of the major championships, including the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships in 2003 & 2005. During the same time, the Shotts drum corps won all 5 major championship titles several times over, including the World Drum Corps Title in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2014, and also seven Champion of Champions Drum Corps titles.
After 12 combined years with Shotts and 2 years leading the Lothian & Borders Police drum corps, Jake took on the Leading Drummer position with ScottishPower Pipe Band In October 2014. In his first season, he led the drum corps to a second place in drumming at the Scottish Championships and an overall 4th in drumming at the World Pipe Band Championships and the drum corps has featured frequently in the top 3 at Major Championships in 2018. Jake is a regular prize winner at the World Solo Drumming Championships and has placed 3rd on two occasions.
Jake works as a full time Drumming Instructor at George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh, where his pupils in both the Novice Juvenile A and Juvenile grade feature regularly in the top prizes, both at the RSPBA Majors and at the World Solo Drumming Championships. Heriot’s were crowned World Drum Corps Champions in the Novice Juvenile Grade in 2014 and the Juvenile corps were World Drum Corps Champions in the Juvenile Grade in 2017.
Jake lives with his wife, Nicola, and his son, Oliver, in Kirknewton, Scotland.