Jake Epstein (BS, MM) Music Bio Arranger, Composer, Educator, Author, Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Piano
Jake Epstein is a retired founding member (partner) in RECOL, LLC, a Connecticut based Internet Services (ISP) and Datacenter (Hosting) company but also composes and performs music. After a tour in 1969-1971 with the 113th Army band at Fort Knox, KY where he was chief Composer/Arranger and director of Jazz and Jazz Rock ensembles, he served as the first University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Music and Dance graduate teaching assistant in African Music and Jazz working with Professors Frederick Tillis, Horace Boyer, Max Roach, Reggie Workman and Archie Shep in the early 1970’s. From 1976 to 1980, Jake served as an assistant Professor of Music at UMass. Jake serves as an adviser and instructor with the “Jazz in July Summer Program” at UMass, Amherst. He has also coached with the Fairfield (CT) Jazz Guild. He currently arranges and performs on Flute, Clarinet and Sax with the 2nd Company CT Governor's Foot Guard Jazz and Concert ensembles.
Jake is a graduate of Pittsfield High School (1964) and holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree (1969) in Veterinary and Animal Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master of Music Theory (1976) from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He also holds several certificates in the computer field including Microsoft Certified System Engineer, MCSE, and Novel Certified Network Engineer. He is a member of the Jazz Education Network (JEN).