Jake Wyatt joined the LR Winds in 2019 and was named Principal Percussionist in 2020. A native to small-town Rosie, Arkansas, Jake participated in school band, community orchestras, and summer band programs throughout middle and high school, including the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Henderson State University, where he studied under Dr. Rick Dimond. He excelled as a percussionist with the HSU Wind Ensemble and as a multi-instrumentalist and arranger with the NuFusion Jazz Band. He was selected to perform with the Arkansas Intercollegiate Band in 2018, as well as the CBDNA Southwest Division Intercollegiate Band in 2016 and 2018.
Outside of the concert setting, Jake can be seen regularly as a pit orchestra musician for community theater productions, having earned a list of credits from The Studio Theatre and The Royal Theater. He also works with the First United Methodist Church in Little Rock and dons many hats, including First Arts program assistant director, private music teacher, church musician, and video content producer.