• Lecturer of Music, Director of Athletic Bands
  • 864.294.3193
  • Daniel Music Building Room 8
  • jay.bocook@furman.edu

A native of Clearwater, Fla., 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.

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Symphony Orchestra


Furman Bands


Composition Seminar

Issues and topics relevant to contemporary music in general, current day compositional methods, techniques and literature in particular, and forum for presentation and discussion of works by invited guests, faculty, and students.



The craft of orchestration through knowledge of transpositions, ranges of instruments, actual scoring for string, woodwind, brass, and percussion sections, and finally culminating in a scoring for full orchestra. Music copying skills are developed.


Senior Project

Capstone requirement of music theory and/or composition degree programs. Synthesis and culmination of undergraduate music study, especially as it relates to the area of specialty.


Instrumental Music Methods

Comprehensive study in methods of teaching instrumental music for the elementary, middle, and secondary school. Considerable emphasis on philosophy, objectives, and teaching techniques of the various instrumental ensembles.

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.

  • 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)
  • Regents Fellowship, University of Michigan (2002-03)
  • Presser Scholarship (2001)
  • National Band Association Citation of Excellence
  • Sigma Alpha Iota National Arts Associate
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