Dr. Jay Sconyers
High Brass Technician
Dr. Jay Sconyers is the Director of Bands at McNeese State University where he conducts the Wind Symphony, the Pride of McNeese Marching Band, and teaches courses in the Department of Performing Arts. Previously, Jay served as the assistant director of bands at McNeese. Prior to his appointment at McNeese, Jay received his doctorate in musical arts in conducting from the University of South Carolina, where he studied with Dr. Scott Weiss, and his masters of music education and bachelors of music education from the University of Georgia, where he studied trumpet with Professor Fred Mills.
While at UGA, he performed in a wide variety of instrumental and choral ensembles, performing throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Vatican, and China. At the University of South Carolina, Jay was a frequent guest conductor with the USC Wind Ensemble, USC Symphonic Winds, and the USC University band, along with performing in the Palmetto Concert Band. Additionally, Jay served as an associate producer with the USC Wind Ensemble’s album “Dynasty” on the Summit Label and as a producer and conductor on the McNeese State University Marching Band’s recent CD on the Mark Label.
Jay has been heavily involved in the marching band and drum and bugle corps activities. Jay has served on the instructional staff of the University of Georgia Redcoat Band, University of South Carolina Marching Band, as a brass instructor with several open and world class drum and bugle corps, and is an alumnus of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently, he serves as a brass instructor with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.
In addition to his instructional responsibilities in marching band and drum and bugle corps, Jay is an active music arranger, drill designer, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the United States, and his work has been featured by various collegiate and high school marching bands, in features on collegemarching.com, at the 2017 College Band Directors National Association National Conference, at the 2017 Bands of America Grand National Finals, several regional Bands of America events, and as the opening act of the 2018 London New Year’s Day Parade.
Prior to his time in higher education, Jay served as the Director of Bands at Elbert County Comprehensive High School in Elberton, GA. During his time as band director at Elbert County, the band program grew significantly in membership, equipment inventory, instructor student ratios, and in establishing a comprehensive 6-12 curriculum, while maintaining consistent musical excellence in all areas of the band program. In 2011, the symphonic band scored straight superior ratings on stage and in sight reading for the first time in school history, and in 2012, the marching band posted the highest score ever posted by the organization while also placing higher than several larger programs. In 2013, the marching band entered a competitive circuit for the first time and was invited to participate in the state championship finals in their first year in competition.
His past and present professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, College Music Educators National Conference, Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.