Littleton Drum Studio is the premier private lesson drum studio in Littleton, boasting the experience and training to help any student reach their goals. The owner and head instructor, Jake Bergeron has a wide and varied musical resume that has given him the experience and know-how to help you or your child succeed in auditions for ensemble groups like jazz and marching band, getting you ready for big college entrance auditions, or simply fostering a love of music for those that want to start their own bands or improve their understanding of the instrument.
Jake has been playing drums and percussion instruments since he was 10 years old and has studied an extensive variety of styles and instruments within that time. Growing up in Littleton, Jake took private drum set lessons and joined every music ensemble that was offered throughout his primary and high school years. This range of experience has allowed Jake to become well-versed in concert band, marching band, jazz band, musical theater, and more, in addition to understanding the needs, constraints, and structures of academic music programs.
Jake was accepted into the nationally recognized College of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Northern Colorado to study with Gray Barrier in order to receive his Bachelor’s degree. There Jake studied an even more advanced and diverse range of music, theory, history and performance practice, in addition to performing in hundreds of music productions. He was a member of the “Pride of the Rockies” marching band, and played in as many musical groups as he could fit into a 24 hour day. During this time Jake also recorded nationally distributed albums for Grand Mesa Music, as well as his own original projects. He performed in percussion ensembles, marching band, concert bands, symphony orchestras, Latin jazz groups, independent rock bands, and was chosen to perform many world premier pieces during his tenure at UNC. Jake received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, emphasis in Percussion with a minor in Elementary Education in 2012.
Alongside these studies Jake never abandoned his love for drum set. He continued to study jazz drum set with Jim White and Chris Smith, throughout his years at UNC. He has continually played in both original and cover bands, while honing his craft to ever higher standards. Jake still performs in both classical and contemporary musical groups throughout the year. Jake has played in several successful bands, covering styles from R&B, Soul, Funk, Rock, Country, Jazz, and everywhere in between. He is a regular performer at the Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards (RMCMA), and has toured and recorded with Nashville Singer/Songwriter, and RMCMA Songwriter of the Year (2016), Austin Wahlert. Jake has toured both locally and internationally, allowing him to see and study drummers from around the world in a very personal setting. Recently Jake was asked to join the Arapahoe Philharmonic as a part of their percussion section.
Jake has been teaching since 2007, and working in various areas of the music industry. In 2015 he was presented with the opportunity to come back to Littleton and give back to the musical community that helped raise him. He was thrilled to take this chance, and has been working with so many fantastic students since then. Jake has previously taught at Mountain View High School as a percussion director, and at Columbine High School as drum line director in addition to designing, implementing and teaching their Winter Percussion program. He is a Sabian Education Network certified instructor, and a regular teacher at Hummingbird Music Camp in Jemez Springs, NM. He has even worked as a judge for the international female only drumming competition “Hit Like A Girl”. Jake actively works to stay connected with area schools, and specifically local band directors, to ensure that the entire musical community is working towards the same goal for their students.
Jake Bergeron has held a life-long passion for drumming and continues to not only perfect and hone that passion everyday, but strives to share and inspire that passion in his students!