The Gran Cassa

Originally diagnosed with a terminal case of the White Man's Disease, Jake faced an uphill struggle with rhythm. Years of disciplined wood-shedding and a potent medication of diverse music enabled him to overcome the condition and become a competent musician. Some would even go so far as to call him funky. Remains of his previous condition occasionally appear on the dance floor in a dangerous mixture of shoulder jerks and bizarre hip shimmies. Legend has it that due to a booking mishap, Jake accidentally killed a gaggle of nuns with his patented "drop the hot milkshake" dance move during what was supposed to be a routine macarena.

With a resume that reads like a 'who's who' of nobody you ever heard of, Jake happily tours the US, Europe, and Asia, leading a peripatetic life that is grounded in an extremely rewarding teaching practice back home. He plays with Hamilton: An American Musical, Diego's Umbrella, and MarchFourth!. He is also a regular contributor to DRUM! Magazine.

In his spare time, Jake likes to ride his bicycle, play ukulele, make Party Boxes, and craft some of the world's worst puns.


Rock – John Bonham, Danny Carey, Stewart Copeland, Tim Alexander.
Jazz – Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Roy Hanes, Thelonious Monk.
Funk – Bernard Purdie, Zigaboo Modeliste, Brad Wilk, David Garibaldi, Stanton Moore.
Punk – NoMeansNo, NOFX, 10 Foot Pole, Pulley, Strung Out.
Other Favorites – Hella!, Bjork, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, The Meters, Fiona Apple, Jeff Buckley, Otis Redding, Nina Simone, John Zorn, Mike Patton, Prince, John Coltrane.


Jake currently has work published in:
DRUM! Magazine
EQ Magazine
East Bay Express


Some of the cooler venues Jake has played include –
The Great American Music Hall
Rickshaw Stop
The Independent
SF Gay Pride Festival Main Stage, City Hall
Cafe du Nord
Bottom of the Hill
China (the country!)


Percussionist for Hamilton: An American Musical NATIONAL TOUR.
National and international touring experience, including the US, Europe, and Asia, with Diego’s Umbrella, MarchFourth!, Super Adventure Club, and Deciduous.
Winner of the San Francisco division Guitar Center Drum Off (2013).
Appeared in DRUM! Magazine as an upcoming drummer (2007).
Found the Scientific Formula for “Awesome”.


2005: Bachelor’s Degree, UCSC
2005: Studied with avant garde percussionist William Winant
2000 – 2003: Studied with Jazz legend George Marsh
1993 – 2000: Studied with teaching guru Rich Fongheiser



"Jake Wood is AWESOME. I had long nursed a nagging desire to learn how to play the drums. A search of various drum teachers in the Bay Area, and Jake Wood quickly stood out among them, a rightly so! Jake's lessons were always, structured, well-planned, and above all, tuned to the individual student. I found learning with him intuitive, informative, and most importantly, fun! So if you're searching for an excellent drum instructor, you've found your man!"

Bryan C. - Oakland, CA

"We've had the pleasure of having Jake teach our two boys drums over the years. He is patient, creative, thorough, encouraging and knowledgeable. Never once did our 7 and 10 year olds (at the time) even complain about going to drum lessons, which as a parent, you know is nearly impossible whenever kids have to go to a lesson of any sort. Each lesson was a chance to connect with Jake improved their drum playing. We could not be more happy with our experience with Jake Wood."

Brent B. - walnut grove, CA

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