Jay Bocook

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Jay Bocook


Jay Bocook (b. 1953, Clearwater, Fla.) is a composer, conductor, arranger and educator.

Bocook is the director of athletic bands at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University in 1975, and went on to receive a Master of Music degree from University of Louisiana at Monroe (formerly Northeast Louisiana University).

Mr. Bocook began his composing and arranging career in graduate school, and began to write for Jenson Publications while serving as the band director at a small but well-known high school in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, leading them to become the South Carolina AAA state marching band champions in 1978. He served as the director of bands at Furman University from 1982 until 1989, where he continued his rise to fame as an arranger. His arrangements were featured at the 1984, 1988, 1996, and 2002 Olympic Games. He writes for a wide range of ensembles, from elementary bands to the United States Marine Band. He was recently inducted in the ABA (American Bandmasters Association), and in 2009 was inducted into the DCI (Drum Corps International) Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) Hall of Fame.

In addition to serving as Furman's director of athletic bands, Mr. Bocook works as a staff composer/arranger for Hal Leonard. He is also the chief arranger for the ten-time DCI World Champion drum corps, the Cadets, and the eight-time DCA World Champion drum corps Reading Buccaneers. Mr. Bocook also conducts and composes for the Carolina Pops Orchestra.

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