Remember the name Jacob Elalouf. The Sagemont School sophomore is quickly gaining exposure as a world-class guitarist. He was recently inducted into the prestigious Brotherhood of the Guitar.
“The Brotherhood was put together by world-renowned photographer Robert M. Knight and is supported by Ernie Ball and Guitar Center,” explained Jacob. “Robert’s goal is to keep musicianship alive. With technology taking over these days, people do not want to take the time to learn an instrument. It’s really easy to just grab a computer and make sounds. Robert’s goal is to inspire those of us who eat, drink and sleep music.”
That certainly describes Jacob, who took his first music lesson at the age of six. He recalls his first performance when he was a kindergarten student at Country Isles Elementary.
“I clearly remember the sound of the audience clapping,” shared Jacob. “I love that playing music can have such an effect on people. There’s no better feeling than to look out at an audience and see that they are grooving with you.”
He currently plays with The Double Standard Band, playing everything from classic rock to the blues. Jacob recently had the privilege of playing at the Rockfest 80’s at CB Smith Park alongside artists such as Cheap Trick, The Little River Band, Foghat and others.
Just last month he attended the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention, where he represented Ernie Ball guitars. Jacob described it as the comic-con for music. “Lots of musicians, important people in the industry, and music companies were there. I can’t believe I had this opportunity. Steve Lukather, of Toto, was at the Ernie Ball booth too and I am a huge fan of his!”
Jacob says it is an honor to be sponsored by Ernie Ball. “It means that Ernie Ball believes in me and wants to do what they can to inspire me. I truly love their guitars. My guitar is an Ernie Ball Luke III in Bodhi Blue. She’s a beauty!”
He’s also grateful to Robert Knight for choosing him to join the Brotherhood of the Guitar after seeing one of his videos on Facebook. “Robert has been so supportive. I am truly blessed to have him in my corner. Bringing me into the Brotherhood has not only connected me to so many other musicians, but has brought me so many new opportunities. I now have fans from around the world. It’s pretty crazy.”
As a member of the Brotherhood, Jacob is now part of an elite group of talented young musicians from around the world. There is only one other member from South Florida.