Jack began playing mandolin at the age of 12 and picked up the guitar and the bass soon after. He has won countless instrumental competitions up and down the east coast, including the Watermelon Park mandolin and guitar competitions in Berryville, VA, the Fiddler’s Grove guitar competition in Union Grove, NC, the Loudoun Bluegrass Festival guitar competition in Leesburg, VA and he has placed in prestigious competitions like The Galax Old Time Fiddler’s Convention and the Mount Airy Fiddler’s Convention.
At the young age of 23, Jack is a Wammie award winning artist for his album Chop, Shred & Split, plays for Wammie nominated group Bud’s Collective, and is already endorsed by Fairbuilt Guitars, Carey Mandolins and Eastman Guitars. He is also a hand chosen apprentice to the legendary Danny Knicely.
Jack teaches mandolin and guitar at the Front Porch Roots Music School in Charlottesville, VA, the guitar at Divinum Auxilium Academy in Front Royal and teaches privately all around the Shenandoah Valley. Jack is fluent in many different styles of music including Bluegrass, Country, Swing, Blues, Rock, and Jazz and he enjoys working with all students from beginner to advanced. His easy-going personality and world class musicianship make him right at home with the Drum & Strum team of instructors.