Jennifer Tarka is a music educator and performer in the Chicago-land area. She graduated from VanderCook College of Music with her bachelor’s degree in music education in 2007, and has been teaching general music in Chicago for the last 12 years. Jen also has an extensive background performing in and teaching marching cymbal lines. She marched her DCI age out year in 2004 with Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps, under the instruction of Pepper Wooters, and has also performed with the Chicago Bulls Stampede Drumline (2011-2016) and the Chicago Bears Drumline (2012-present).
Her DCI teaching career began with Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps, where she instructed their cymbal line from 2008 to 2014. In addition to her work in DCI, Jen has taught a number of A, Open, and World Class WGI percussion groups, including LEAP, Pioneer Indoor, Green Thunder, and the Cavaliers Indoor Percussion.