Director of Athletic Bands
A native of Clearwater, Fla., Furman alum Jay Bocook is recognized internationally as a composer, arranger, conductor, and educator. Bocook's work has been performed at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2003, his music transcriptions of noted film composer John Williams were premiered by the U.S. Marine Band in a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. An encore performance with Williams and the "President's Own" took place in 2008. In addition, Bocook was a contributing arranger to a musical called "CyberJam" that opened to rave reviews in 2003 at London's Queens Theater. His arrangements were also featured in "Mix," which opened in 2008 in Japan.
In 1982, Bocook was appointed director of bands at Furman. He left the school in 1989 to pursue other opportunities but returned in 2000 as director of athletic bands. He has served as assistant conductor of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and remains a principal composer and arranger for Hal Leonard Corporation, where he has published over 600 compositions and arrangements. He is the music arranger for the 10-time World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2009, Bocook was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the American Bandmasters Association.
- American Bandmasters Association
- Drum Corps International Hall of Fame
- South Carolina Band Directors Association Hall of Fame
- Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Contributor to Music Center for Russian & East European Studies Research, Internship and Fellowship award (2004)
- National Band Association Citation of Excellence
- M.M.E., University of Louisiana
- B.M., Furman University
- Jack White, Roger Jones, ULM
- Dan Ellis, Furman University
- John Higgins, Jenson Publications
I try to teach my students to be musically curious and to find and analyze great music from all genres. I also stress how very important it is to continue to build musical vocabulary by connecting all the dots from other music courses. I also hope to convey my passion for the power of music.