Drummer and pianist Jake Oelrichs got his start in dance accompaniment while completing a B.F.A. in Music at York University, where he received the Oscar Peterson Scholarship and the Imasco Award for the Performing Arts.  He tried his hands playing for York Dance to help fund his studies and fell in love with the work. He has played for modern and ballet teachers including Peggy Baker, Christopher House, Sasha Ivanochko, Helen Jones, Elisabeth Leyds-Holmes, John Ottman, Kenny Pearl, Holly Small, and Darryl Tracy, to name a few.

At York, he studied jazz and Afro-Cuban music with Mark Eisenman, Barry Elms, and Mike Marcuzzi, as well as free-improvisation with renowned pianist and CCMC member Casey Sokol.  He studied privately for three years with world-renowned jazz percussion teacher Jim Blackley. He plays in various groups at night, including: