Jake started playing drums at the age of 6 and by age 11 he picked up guitar. He continued to play both throughout high school then made a decision to pursue a career as a professional drummer.
Jake attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia as a music performance major. While there, he was fortunate to study under Marc Dicciani, Jimmy Paxson (Ben Harper, Stevie Nicks, and Natalie Maines), Gerry Brown (Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross), Marcus Baylor (Yellowjackets), and Erik Johnson. Jake has also spent many years working with Dom Famularo and John Favicchia.
Jake graduated from uarts in May 2013 with a BFA in Music Performance and won the prestigious Paul D. Patterson Drum Set Award. From show tunes to Brooks and Dunn to the cha cha, Jake plays it all. Jake recently relocated from his hometown in New York to Nashville, TN to pursue his happiness playing country and rock music.
As stated by Marc Dicciani, director of the School of Music at University of the Arts, "Mr. Sommers is talented, intelligent, motivated, self-sufficient, resourceful, creative, disciplined, personable, patient, reliable, adaptable, musically diverse, enthusiastic, energetic, mature, and a consummate team-player who works extremely well under pressure and always to the benefit of the ensemble or group that he is in".