JaKe Polancich a musician and music educator based in the milwaukee area. He is the director of bands and music department teacher leader at Arrowhead Union High School and teaches Music Theory. An advocate for commissioning projects and new music, Mr. Polancich has initiated and conducted numerous commission/consortium projects for student ensembles. He has also led successful performance travel opportunities for Arrowhead students to Washington D.C., Orlando/Disney, Toronto, Chicago, New York City, Ireland, Italy, and several destinations throughout the Midwest.
He holds a Master of Music (M.M.) degree in wind conducting from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Music Education from Augustana College (Rock Island, IL).
He is also an accomplished bassoonist and percussionist, having performed in a variety of ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, England, and the Republic of China. He performs regularly throughout the milwaukee and madison areas with the the Meisel QuArtet and Montauk Project (drums-saxophone duo). He has explored further collaborations with the Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy, various chamber music opportunities, and improvised music throughout the midwest. He continues to serve as an adjudicator, performer, and guest conductor for various festivals and concerts.