Announcing the 2016 Dweezil and Frank Zappa Fellowship Winner: Jacob Deraps!

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This summer, taking the main-stage alongside Dweezil Zappa at the Crown Guitar Festival will be the 2016 Dweezil and Frank Zappa Fellowship student and young up-and-coming rocker, Jacob Deraps!  The Fellowship offers a young musician who shows great promise and rock performance skill the chance to attend the Crown Workshop on a full-ride Fellowship, which not only includes the week of intensive study under Dweezil in the “Excel with the Masters” workshop but also offers stage time in front of an audience of over 1,000 enthusiastic festival-goers!  Last year’s Fellowship went to Norwegian Haakon Kjeldsberg, and this year Dweezil reached out to Canada to offer Jacob Deraps this life-changing experience!  Congratulations Jacob!


Jacob Deraps was born on March 15 1997, in St-Georges Québec Canada, from two musician parents. His mother being a Piano and Saxophone player and his father a guitar player, Jacob was surrounded by music from day one. He would assist to his parents rehearsals and was exposed to classic albums from Van Halen, Toto, Guns N’ Roses and many other legendary bands at a very young age. At around 4 years old, Jacob started playing drums with his parents but seemed to be a little too young to show any interests in it, despite the fact that he could play. It wasn’t until 12 that Jacob started playing an instrument again and it was the guitar. Showing a lot of interest this time, Jacob was improving really fast and would soon play songs from his favorite guitar heroes, Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads and many others. Two years later, he would start a YouTube channel and it’s at the age of 16 that everything really started for him. He would play on TV, on radio shows and in front of audiences. He was also featured on guitarist Pete Thorn’s website, twice on the VanHalenNewsDesk website and met the legendary rock photographer Robert M. Knight as well as great musicians such as Joe Bonamassa and most recently Dweezil Zappa. Jacob now has a manager, he is currently working on his own material and wants to release his first album soon. This year, Jacob will be part of the Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival as the Zappa Fellowship Nominee in Bigfork Montana from August 28 to September 3rd.

Here are some videos that feature Jacobs skills!

ACDC If You Want Blood cover

Van Halen I’m the One cover

If you are interested in funding a Fellowship or Scholarship to the Crown Workshop for a young artist like Jacob, contact Diane Kautzman at 855-855-5900 or email