Drum Corps International
Kennedy to return as Boston Crusaders' brass arranger

Kennedy to return as Boston Crusaders' brass arranger

by Drum Corps International

From a Boston Crusaders press release: Jay Kennedy will return to the Boston Crusaders as brass arranger, as that corps celebrates its 65th anniversary. Kennedy has been involved in the Boston Crusaders design team since 2002, and is currently assistant vice president for academic affairs at Berklee College of Music in Boston. For seven years prior to that appointment, he was chair of the contemporary writing and production department. His compositions and arrangements have been heard in a broad array of media and venues, including television and radio throughout the world, high school and college concert halls, drum corps competitions, Radio City Music Hall, the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl and Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Kennedy has composed and arranged music for a variety of genres -- television and radio commercials, episodic television, the movies "Wayne's World," "The Electric Horseman" and "Fast Break." He has also written for a variety of jazz ensembles, concert bands, marching bands and musical theatre. He has written and produced music for hundreds of commercials, including Pontiac, McDonald's, Levi's, Coca Cola and Nike. He has also written for extensively for episodic television, feature films, jazz ensembles, marching bands and concert bands. Kennedy's published compositions include the concert band works "The Path Between the Mountains" (Hal Leonard Publishing), "Heartland" (Arrangers Publishing Co.), and "Scottish Fantasy" (TRN Publishing). His published percussion ensemble works include "Odyssey - Concerto for Multiple Percussion and Percussion Ensemble" and "Three Sketches for Percussion" (both published by Innovative Percussion). As an active adjudicator of marching band and drum corps competitions for more than 25 years, Kennedy has judged 13 Drum Corps International World Championship contests and numerous state marching band competitions. He has adjudicated in 44 of the United States, four of the Canadian provinces and in England. For five years, he was a judge administrator for Drum Corps International. Jay received a bachelor's of music education degree and a master's of music degree from Northwestern University, and is currently completing a doctorate in higher education at Boston College. For more information about the Boston Crusaders, please visit crusaders.com.