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Jay was born in Chicago, Illinois, and began his musical studies at age 6 with piano and voice lessons. He started trumpet in grade 5, and his marching career began in the dynamic music program at Marian Catholic High School, in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He attended Northwestern University (B.Mus. Performance, Education) and was an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. During his collegiate years he was a member of the Northwestern University Marching Band and spent two summers as soprano soloist with the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps. He completed his Master’s degree in May 2000, at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
On the West Coast, Jay was part of the Lyric Brass Quintet (faculty ensemble at Pacific Lutheran University, WA), the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cascade Symphony, and the Vancouver Island Symphony. In the Fall of 2001, he moved to Calgary to join the Foothills Brass Quintet, a full-time touring brass ensemble, performing hundreds of concerts every year all across North America. As a trumpet soloist, Jay has been featured with Ensemble Noir (Toronto,) Altius Brass and Kensington Sinfonia. He has also been a finalist in major brass competitions including Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition and the Jeju International Brass Competition.
In 2004, Jay began his association with the Calgary Stampede Showband as the Brass Coordinator, and currently is the Summer Program Coordinator. Jay has also worked with the Calgary Stetson Show Band as brass coordinator, Music Director and Band Director and is also the Director of A Band of Outriders. During his tenure, he has completed many arrangements and transcriptions for field show, concert band, and parade for each of the bands.