Jimmy Sprinkles (Jake Montanaro) began his career in the marching arts in 2011 at Floral Park Memorial High School and hasn’t put a flag down since! Overlapping his high school color guard experience, he performed with Cadets2 in 2014 before marching with The Cadets Drum Corps from 2015 to 2019, where he served as a captain for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Additionally, he has performed on Broadway at the New Victory Theater with Ajijaak on Turtle Island in 2019, at New York Live Arts in Christopher Williams’ Narcissus in 2021, and with the Emanon A and Open Winter Guards in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Currently, he is on staff at The Bushwackers (choreographer, consultant), The Black Watch (choreographer, designer, technician), Ridgewood High School (director, choreographer, designer), Immaculata High School (choreographer, designer), and John P. Stevens High School (choreographer, designer). Previously, he has worked for Floral Park Memorial (director, choreographer, designer), Mineola High School (choreographer, technician), Arthur L. Johnson High School (choreographer), Randolph High School (choreographer), and H. Frank Carey High School (choreographer). This will be his ninth year involved in The Cadets, and he is thrilled to once again be a part of the home team!
In addition to his color guard education, Jimmy received his BFA in Dance Performance from Montclair State University in 2020. During his time at MSU, he performed the works of Martha Graham, Ohad Naharin, Bill T. Jones, Alwin Nikolais, Kathleen Kelley, Fredrick Earl Mosley, and Lori Katterhenry. He is also a co-founder of SAKAN Dance alongside Megan Theobald and Sarah Kramer.