Jacob Slocum (apprentice 2) earned his bachelor’s degree in saxophone and jazz studies from NIU and is currently working on a master’s degree in jazz studies at NIU. While at NIU, he performed in many ensembles, including jazz, Latin jazz, Afro-pop, wind ensemble, and concert band. He has also performed in a number of Chicago venues. His teachers have included Geof Bradfield, Steve Duke, and Rich Moore. He has taught private lessons for several years.