Jacob Miner, a native of Williamsport, Maryland, began playing the saxophone at age 12. With the help of his private instructor Noel Kunkle, Jacob quickly fell in love with music. He promptly began performing with his middle school concert and jazz bands while also playing with the Williamsport community band where his passion for making music only grew. Once entering high school, Jacob was an active member of Williamsport high school’s wind ensemble, marching band, and jazz band.
At this time, he began studying with his current teacher Jeremy Koch who helped him to receive superior ratings at county and state level solo festivals. Jacob has also participated in multiple collegiate honor festivals at universities such as Shepherd University, Shenandoah University, and Towson University. In 2019, Jacob had the opportunity to attend the Indiana University Summer Saxophone Academy where he studied with Dr. Otis Murphy and Dr. Tom Walsh. During his junior and senior years of high school, Jacob had the honor of performing at the United States Navy Band Saxophone Symposium as a soloist. To close out high school, Jacob was selected in 2020 for the Maryland All-State band.
After graduation from high school in 2020, Jacob began studying music performance at Shepherd University under Jeremy Koch and Kurtis Adams. There he is currently an active member of the wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, jazz combos, and saxophone quartet. In June 2022, Jacob attended the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop at the University of Oklahoma where he had the privilege of working with some of the greatest saxophonists in the United States. Remaining an active musician in his community, he regularly performs for churches throughout Hagerstown as well as the Hagerstown Municipal Band, with whom he has been featured as a soloist performing Claude T. Smith’s Fantasia.
Outside of music, Jacob enjoys spending time with his cats, working on new projects in his wood shop, and whitewater kayaking.