Jake grew up in eastern Pennsylvania and began playing drums at the age of ten. His earlier influences included his brothers Andy and Ed, and his family God Parents, Maury Mueleisen and Jim Croce.
After woodshedding for ten years in the barn, Jake began to play with numerous rock and punk bands in the Philadelphia area.
After moving to Colorado in 1989, Jake was able to collaborate with other great bands such as Funkopolis, Fraga, Djate and Great American Taxi.
Now Jake is the drummer for the Front Range phenom Bonnie and the Clydes.