Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.
— Claude Debussy
 
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Percussionist, Jacob Ottmer earned his degree in Instrumental Performance from Kent State University under the direction of Dr. Matthew Holm, Cameron Leach, and Zachary Mathes. During his time there he has held positions as the Principal Percussionist and Timpanist in both the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, and has performed in the New Music Ensemble, Opera, and Steel Band. Jacob’s previous notable performances have been with the PRISMA Festival Orchestra, Monarch Independent Percussion, Santa Clara Vanguard as World Champion, and the Kent Blossom Orchestra. Jacob has also performed at PASIC each year during his undergraduate studies.

This summer Jacob is teaching the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps Front Ensemble, performing in the Space City New Music Festival in Houston, Texas, and also making an appearance in the Kent Blossom Music Festival Orchestra, in Kent, Ohio. This Fall he will be attending the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music to pursue his Master’s of Music degree.