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Heralded by the Chicago Tribune as a "consistently imaginative" musician who brings "vigor and variety" to his instrument, Chicago percussionist Jesse Nolan began exploring the world of music as a young man living in the Chicago suburbs. Interested in broadening the scope of percussion and erasing the lines that divide the "jazz," "rock/pop," and "classical" spheres, Jesse landed at Indiana University where he received both a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Masters Degree in Jazz Studies while under the tutelage of Steve Houghton, David Baker, Gerald Carlyss, and Anthony Cirone.

Currently, Jesse is manning the drum chair for Meet The Beetles & John Wesley's Band.

Jesse has held the drum chair for various groups including the James Moody Quartet, Rob Parton JazzTECH Big Band, Frank Glover Quartet, David Baker Bebop Band, Lorraine Feather Quartet, Bob Shepard Quartet, Oliver Nelson Jr. Quintet, and the Madcap 4, and has appeared on recordings by the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra (Carol of the Bells, 2006) and Chicago rock band Second Hand Poets (Virginia City Lounge, 2004). He is also the leader of the The Like Minds Collective, an original group that performs his compositions. He has performed in over 30 states and 7 countries, including engagements at Saddler's Well Theatre (London's West End), The North Sea Jazz Festival, Beavercreek Jazz Festival, North Texas/Addison Jazz Festival, Elmhurst Jazz Festival, Elkhart Jazz Festival, the Steans Institute for Young Artists (Ravinia Festival), The Jazz Showcase (Chicago), The Blue Wisp (Cincinnati), The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), and Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center (Essentially Ellington Festival). As a percussionist, Jesse has been under the baton of Frederick Fennell and Ray E. Cramer and has performed at The Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, Bands of America, and the College Band Directors National Association Conference. He is endorsed by and plays exclusively Vic Firth sticks, mallets, & brushes.

As a composer and arranger, Jesse's projects include an arrangement for solo percussionist of Steve Reich's minimalist classic Clapping Music. His performance was touted by Glenn Kotche of Wilco as "a tour de force" in the October 2005 issue of Percussive Notes Magazine. Recently he arranged the "Peanuts" music of Vince Guaraldi into a suite for jazz orchestra entitled You're A Big Band, Charlie Brown. The suite featured Jesse on drumset and vibraphone and was given its world premiere by the Indiana University Jazz Ensemble in April 2006.

As an educator, Jesse is currently the Instrumental, Vocal, & General Music Teacher at Sunset Ridge School in Northfield, IL. He is also the former Director of Instumental Music at Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois where he taught from 2007-2008. He was also an Associate Instructor of Percussion at Indiana University from 2004-2006 and served as the Director of Camp Jam Kidz in 2006. Jesse has taught hundreds of private students in over 12 years of teaching and currently maintains an active teaching & clinic schedule out of his Chicago studio. Jesse is also proud to be a part of the Vic Firth Education Team. Click here for lesson information.

Jesse is working on a number of projects including a record of children's music, a record of original songs, and a solo percussion record showcasing his unique blend of creativity and creation.