B i o g r a p h y

Jacob Kight (b. 1992) serves as the Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at the University of South Florida. He earned the Doctor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from The Florida State University where he oversaw instruction and coaching of undergraduate performance majors, as well as the World-Renown FSU Marching Chiefs Big 8 Drum Line.  Currently, Dr. Kight serves as Principal Percussionist of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and plays with Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, Florida.  He is a founding member of the Patterns Quartet.


In addition to his concentration in solo performance, chamber music, and orchestral playing, he is also well-versed in hand drumming and rudimental percussion. As an educator, Dr. Kight teaches applied lessons and classes at every level (grade school to graduate students) and has worked with many influential educators in the percussion field, including Jeff Moore, Kirk Gay, Dr. Thad Anderson, and Dr. John W. Parks IV.


Fluent in contemporary audio and video recording technology, Dr. Kight's projects have been distributed by Flying Horse Records, Garnet House Productions, and Ravello Records. Several of these opportunities have resulted in presentations at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, PAS Days of Percussion, and the McCormick Marimba Festival. He is a member of the Music Technology Committee of PAS and  operates JKight Percussion, a wood-working business that builds hand-crafted percussion instruments and accessories.


Dr. Kight holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida. He is a proud Innovative Percussion artist and endorser.