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Jacob Anthony

J acob Anthony Perkowski was born in 2005. He began his musical endeavors at age five singing in the graded choir program at Saint James the Greater Catholic Church in Charles Town, West Virginia. In 2015 he performed the boy treble solo in Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the Masterworks Chorale at Shepherd University (Shepherdstown WV). Jacob currently sings with the Cappella Musica adult choir at Saint James.

He is employed as Assistant Music Director at Saint James Parish, mentored by Gary Penkala. As part of these duties, he leads the Bells of Our Lady of Mercy Handbell Choir and directs the youth choirs. He is involved in planning and performing much of the music at the church and enjoys the beauties and opportunities inherent in the Church's liturgical year. Jacob also cantors and plays organ at Saint James and at the Historic Chapel of Saint Peter in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Jacob is an accomplished trumpet player, studying under Wayne Cameron. He played for many years with the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra in Frederick, Maryland, performing on both trumpet and upright bass in the jazz and orchestral ensembles. For four years he played with the Jazz Ensemble at Washington High School in Charles Town, which in March 2023 won the first place title in the West Virginia Music Educators Association state-wide competition. Concurrently, Jacob placed first chair trumpet in the state for the 2023 convention. At the conclusion of his senior year, he was presented the prestigious Pete Durand Award for Musical Excellence ($1000) by Lisa Hazlett, Washington High School band director.

Jacob has composed music for trumpet, organ, and other ensembles and soloists, including original numbers for his blues/rock band, Daised. With this group, Jacob plays lead guitar and sometimes Hammond organ. His serious hobbies include recording music and spots for radio, and modifying his guitars and audio equipment. Partnered with fellow cantor/chorister at Saint James, Damien Cleveland, he has established a new business, 7th Beat Studios LLC, in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The company will pursue both in-studio and on-location sound recordings, as well as other music related activities like guitar, trumpet and drum lessons.

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