Jay Maddox’s love of music began in the 6th grade where he began studying trumpet in Lake Tahoe, CA with award winning music educator Dean Nordby. After moving to the East Bay area Jay attended Liberty High School learning French horn and the trombone, and later Los Medanos College under the guidance of veteran music educator (and California PTA Educator of the Year) John Maltester. While at LMC Jay was awarded the Jim M. Miller Memorial Music Scholarship and was selected as an outstanding soloist for the Music Department’s annual Concerto Competition.
After LMC Jay transferred to the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music where he earned a Bachelors of Music in Music Management as well as a Minor in Business Management and was inducted into several honor societies including Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, and Alpha Sigma Lamda. In addition to serving as Principal Horn for the University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, He was selected as commencement speaker for the Conservatory of Music Class of 2009 and earned the University’s special award for outstanding service to the community. After several years of working in the music industry Jay returned to the Conservatory where he earned his Masters in Music Education (Class of 2013).
Jay’s years of professional teaching experience have allowed him to work with a variety of musicians (ranging from individual private students to 300 piece marching bands) in countless styles (from bluegrass, to jazz, to orchestral music) and a wide range of age groups (from elementary to high school to adult). He also currently serves as an ensemble director, instructor, and Head Male Counselor for the award winning Pacific Music Camps and the prestigious Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony. When not teaching Jay works at Clubhouse Studios in Client Relations and Production (www.clubhouse-studios.com) and performs with a number of musical groups including Diablo Symphony Orchestra, Awesome Orchestra, Dead Cat Hat, and his own solo recording project Kreatur Komforts.