Jay Bocook is a professional composer and arranger, and also the Director of Athletic Bands at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He was born in Clearwater, Florida in 1953 and 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). He is an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national men's music fraternity. Bocook became a Sinfonian at Furman University, joining the Gamma Eta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in 1972. He was also inducted into the Theta Lambda chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota as a National Arts Associate in 2006.
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 (SCBDA) South Carolina Band Directors Association 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. He also composes music exclusively for a select group of high schools. Namely the Avon High School Marching Band of Avon, IN, three time Grand National Champions and 9 time ISSMA State Champions. Mr. Bocook is also a regular arranger for the Lassiter HS Marching Band of Marietta, GA (two-time BOA Grand National Champions), Wando HS Band of Mount Pleasant, SC (SCBDA 5A State Champions), Lexington HS Band of Lexington, SC (SCBDA 5A State Champions), Dartmouth HS Band of Dartmouth MA (five-time USSBA National Champions), North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale PA, Bridgewater-Raritan HS of Bridgewater NJ, the James F. Byrnes Rebel Regiment Band of Duncan, SC (BOA Regional Champion and SCBDA 4A State Champions). Since 2008 he has arranged for the Fort Mill HS Band of Fort Mill, SC ( 24 Time SCBDA 3A, 4A State Champions, BOA Regional Champions), and Lafayette HS of Lexington KY (BOA Regional Champion, KMEA 5A State Champions, and BOA Grand National Finalists) starting in 2010. Mr. Bocook also conducts and composes for the Carolina Pops Orchestra. .