About

Jeremy Wade is a dynamic instructor, composer, and performer based in Central Kentucky.  He has served as the Director of Percussion at George Rogers Clark High School since 2016, and at Lexington Christian Academy since 2008.  He teaches bodhrán and beginning dance for the Kentucky McTeggart Irish Dancers (KMID), and is Co-Director of the Kentucky Irish Music Academy (KIMA).  In addition to providing class and private instruction, he is an active clinician, presenting workshops at universities and Irish music festivals throughout the Ohio Valley and beyond.

A versatile performer, Jeremy has played with many ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to jazz bands, and has a robust history in the marching arts.  He began his marching career with Lafayette High School (2003-2006), and continued through college as a member of the University of Kentucky Wildcat Marching Band (2007-2010).  He was a charter member of the Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble, playing timpani for the 2007-2009 & 2011-2012 seasons, and marching snare in 2010.  In the summer of 2011, he was selected as the timpanist for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps.

Since 2009, Jeremy has cultivated a thriving presence in the Irish traditional music community, and has studied with some of the world’s most well-respected bodhrán players. He plays bodhrán as one half of Irish trad duo, Set Course, and regularly serves as an accompanist at local feiseanna and céilí events. In addition, he studies Irish dance with KMID and performs as a member of their faculty dance company.

Jeremy has been heavily involved in musical theater over the last decade, regularly performing in the pit orchestras with several local theaters.  He has served as the house percussionist for Lexington Christian Academy since 2013, and has played for Woodford County High School and the Lexington Children’s Theater on multiple occasions.

From 2010-2015, Jeremy served as the drummer for LifeGate Church, and has since filled the same role for Family Worship Center (2016-Present) and Tates Creek Christian Church (2020-Present).  He performed and recorded with local rock band, Analog Apostles from 2013-2014, and is currently the principal percussionist for the Central Kentucky Concert Band.

Jeremy Wade resides in Lexington, KY, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Telecommunications from the University of Kentucky – with an emphasis on audio and video production – and is currently completing a Master of Arts in Teaching with the University of the Cumberlands.

Résumé

Discography

  • Berea Celtic Festival (10th Anniversary) – LP Compilation; bodhrán (2019)
  • Maiden Voyage – EP with Set Course; bodhrán (2017)
  • Honor the Code – EP with Analog Apostles; bodhrán/ field drum (2014)
  • Daniel Boone and the Opening of the American West – Soundtrack; bodhrán (2014)
  • The Other Side of the Sea – EP with Analog Apostles; drumset (2013)