SSG Jacob Harpster is a percussionist currently residing in Washington, D.C., where he is a member of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” As a performer, Harpster is known for his diverse background. In the Broadway idiom, Harpster has presented concerts across the globe. He was the featured marimba soloist and percussionist of the Tony and Emmy award winning Broadway production “Blast.” With this show, he toured the United States, South Korea, and all 47 prefectures in Japan. As a soloist and chamber musician, Harpster has won many awards and competitions, and has presented concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Harpster enjoys an active career as an orchestral percussionist and timpanist. In addition to his freelance orchestral career, Harpster has attended prominent summer music festivals and has served as percussionist for Civic Orchestra of Chicago. An enthusiast of contemporary music, Harpster is commissioning and premiering many new works each year. Harpster collaborates with many notable contemporary music ensembles such as Chicago-based Fonema Consort, and InterSpheres Trio. In 2010, Harpster was named first-prize winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. Harpster received his Master of Music in percussion performance with related field studies in contemporary music performance from the University of North Texas. He received his Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Upon graduating from IU, Harpster was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate.