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Jesse-Ray Leich

Jesse-Ray Leich

Biography

Jesse-Ray Leich is a versatile percussionist and drum set player, who received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Percussion from the University of Rhode Island in 2017 . 

Raised in North Kingstown Rhode Island, Jesse-Ray started playing the drums at 4 years old.  He has played drums throughout the years, achieving multiple All-State, and All-Eastern Division musician rankings.  Growing up in the music world of Rhode Island, Jesse-Ray has performed for various bands, musicals, and ensembles.  Some credits include drummer/percussionist for the URI Big Band at the world-famous Newport Jazz Festival, productions of West Side Story, Footloose, Guys and Dolls, and performance competitions in Boston at the Hard Rock Cafe, among much more.

From 2013-2017, Jesse-Ray worked in Newport, RI at the Newport Playhouse Dinner Theater, playing drum set for the Cabaret which sparked his interest in musical theater.  From September 2017 to June of 2018, Jesse-Ray embarked on his first tour as drummer for the 3rd National Tour of “Motown the Musical” through Work Light Productions.  Following the Motown tour,  Jesse-Ray joined the 2018-2019 2nd National Tour of “Something Rotten!” the hit Broadway musical as drummer/percussionist.  Most recently, Jesse-Ray played for the 1st National Tour of “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” from the fall of 2019 until the COVID shutdown in March 2020. 

Professional Experience

  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education
  • Tours

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • Boston/New England

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Pit Musician (Other)
  • Actor-Musician

My Primary Instrument

  • Drums

My Instruments

  • Drums
  • Percussion

Software

  • GarageBand
  • MainStage
  • QLab

Affiliations

  • THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)

Pronouns

  • He/Him