Jacob holds degrees in horn performance from UNC Chapel Hill and Indiana University. While at IU for his masters, he began an intensive three year apprenticeship and life-long friendship with the great builder of natural horns Richard Seraphinoff. Rick's most important lessons were about integrity and respect for the craft of hand work, lessons that were deeply impactful.
In 2008, Medlin Horns was launched and work began in earnest to translate the volumes of knowledge from Rick into a modern horn design. After a few years of independence in Bloomington IN, the shop moved to Greensboro, North Carolina where Jacob and his wife Jen currently live.