Born and raised in the Midwest, Jak Romanski began playing drums at around nine. Jak is a seasoned percussionist. They have years of experience performing in drum lines, bands, and open jams. They are passionate about drums, and participating in other music-related activities such as producing and even DJing.
At fourteen, Jak began marching for their city’s parade band, the Junior Lighthouse Brigade. At fifteen, Jak moved to the Senior group, The Lighthouse Brigade of Racine. Lighthouse Brigade competes in a midwest-based circuit named MACBDA (Mid-America Competing Band Directors Association). Jak marched in this group for three years. This marching ensemble took first place in 2017 for the first time since 2006 and also took first place in drums that year. Jak also spent time marching in shows during the winter. One group was Shadow Indoor, competing in open A class Winter Guard International (WGI). This group competed in Dayton, Ohio, at the WGI championships, taking fourteenth overall in open A class drumline. Jak also spent two years marching with another indoor group known as Blue2 indoor percussion, a season with Mukwonago High School marching, and even a season on The Green Bay Packers TundraLine.
Jak revisited the drum kit after four years of experience performing in many ensembles in either concert bands or the marching arts. They would visit open jams frequently, hosted around their hometown of Racine, Wisconsin, playing with tenured musicians, mostly performing blues and rock and roll covers. At 21, Jak moved to Tampa to pursue their dream of playing and recording music. Now they play in 2 bands across the city and are a part of the local DIY scene in Tampa and St. Pete. They also feature in a couple of artists’ groups and are now looking to teach the craft of percussion. After almost a decade of performing in concert, marching, and rock band ensembles, Jak is eager to apply what they know to help young musicians grow into the artists they want to be through drums.