Bio (Behind The Music)

 Jay Coles (b. 1995) is a young composer and conductor residing in Plainfield, Indiana. He attends Ball State University, earning an bachelors degree in Education. Jay has come to be known as an established and distinguished young composer and is rapidly making his debut on many programs across the globe. Jay’s first composition for wind ensemble entitled “Orchesis: Legends of Thailand” was premiered in Wakayama-shi, Japan. The piece was performed by the Kinrinkai Junior and Senior High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Masago Hirokazu. Aside from being involved with music, Jay is an activist for animal rights and several community youth organizations, and you may even find him being a camp counselor at a camp near you. He is the lead pianist and residential composer for his church and has arranged and composed many works for small church choirs and chamber orchestras. Additionally, Jay has composed numerous works for wind band for just about EVERY level. Today, he has over thirty works for concert band, orchestra, and choral groups composed. Jay’s music for band and orchestra is published by Carl Fischer Music as well as works that are self-published, which can be found here on this site.

Jay accredits composers Carmine Pastore and Brian Balmages for helping him shape his music and grow as a composer through trial and error. Jay studies composition privately with Vice president, editor-in-chief of Carl Fischer music and world-renowned composer Larry Clark. 

Furthermore, if you wish to check out any titles you see here, email Jay at with the title in the subject line followed by the word “request.” EXAMPLE: “JUBILANT FANFARE” REQUEST

Jay is newly in demand and has recently been asked to commission over four brand new pieces for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. Jay is regularly invited across the country as a guest conductor or clinician for school districts and ensembles at the middle school to the collegiate level. You can find Jay as an exhibitor or an attendee at a music conference near you–CMEA, IMEA, Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, and the Midwest Clinic, among others. Jay names composers Larry Clark, Brian Balmages, Samuel R. Hazo, Patrick J. Burns, Ryan Main, Carmine Pastore and Travis J. Weller as his influences and mentors. 

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