JACOB WENDT is a drummer, composer, music director, and music educator in the Los Angeles area. A native of Northern California’s Bay Area, Jacob started playing the piano at the age of six. His musical curiosity led him to study multiple instruments during his youth, including the guitar, bass, tuba, drum set, and percussion.
As a student of the University of California, Irvine, Jacob received a Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz Studies, where his research and studies included music performance and composition. With an interest in world music studies, he also received a certificate of Ethnomusicology while studying with Dr. Robert Garfias in the Anthropology department.
As an educator, he maintains a private studio of drum set, percussion, guitar, and piano students in the Los Angeles and Orange County area with a wide range of ages and levels. Classes/clinics are offered in individual and group settings.
Jacob leads and performs with The Long Beach Jazz Jam, currently in it's FIFTH year running and hosted at the Pike Bar in the Retro Row area of Long Beach. The sextet house band plays original music and jazz favorites.
He has served on the Board of Directors for the JAZZ ANGELS - Long Beach's non-profit, youth-based music education program.
Jacob is also an accompanist at El Camino College in Torrance, working with students in the applied music program and the dance department.