Trumpeter, Arranger, and clinician Jay Meachum, originally from Lexington, NC, has been teaching on the college level since 1997. He is currently on faculty at Davidson College and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.
An active performer in all styles of music, he has performed with many musical giants throughout the world. Performing and touring with many different artists, from Motown, Big Band, Rock, and Contemporary Christian groups, recent shows and tours included performances with Harry Connick, Jr., Chris Potter, Quincy Jones, Matthew Morrison, Clark Terry, Arturo Sandoval, Freddie Cole, Tito Puente, Jr., Wynonna Judd, The Manhattan Transfer, Amy Grant and Michael W Smith, Fred Wesley, Michael Feinstein, Ashford & Simpson, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Peaches and Herb, Ben E. King, Boots Randolph, and Tom Wopat/John Schneider.
He has performed with Harry Connick, Jr. in In the Inaugural performances of Connick's musical, "A Celebration of Cole Porter," the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on their 2002 version of Bravo! Big Band Pops Series, their 2004 Tribute to Maestro Bill Conti, their 2006 concert with Conductor/Arranger Victor Vanacore, and their 2010 ABBA concert. Jay can also be see with the Adrian Duke Projek, The John Brown "Little" Big Band, and performing regularly in "Pops" concerts with the Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphonies.
He has performed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet and Featured Soloist on their 2002 version of Bravo! Big Band Pops Series, as well as, their 2004 Tribute to Maestro Bill Conti, as well as their 2006 concert with Conductor, Arranger, and Musician Victor Vanacore and their 2010 ABBA concert. A member of the Salisbury Symphony, he has also performed with the Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphonies.
His writing/arranging credits include Grammy nominated Jazz singer, Nnenna Freelon, multiple Grammy winners Kenny G and Neil Sedaka, Ben Folds, as well as former Drifters vocalist and solo artist Ben E. King.
Jay has taught at a number of colleges and universities, including Davidson College, Wake Forest University, Catawba College, UNC-Greensboro, Livingstone College, and North Carolina Central University. During his tenure at NCCU, Jay consistently had between 2 and 4 students per year selected for the HBCU ALL STARS, the HBCU equivalent of an All-American Jazz Orchestra. Many of those students have gone on to be professional teachers and performers.
From 2002 to 2006, he was the trumpet instructor at the John Coltrane Summer Jazz Workshop in High Point, NC and from 2004 to 2010, was the headlining Jazz trumpet instructor at the Summer Jazz Camp at the University of Arkansas (Monticello).
Currently, Jay is on faculty at Davidson College, teaching Jazz Trumpet and Trombone, as well as Wake Forest University, where he teaches Jazz Trumpet.
Jay has also worked extensively in shows and with various artists on cruise ships and has lived in Spain where he performed in a show called "Son Amar Espectaculo."
Jay received his BM in classical music performance from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC (May 1990), where he studied trumpet with Joe Phelps. He earned his MM in Jazz/Studio Music (Summer 1997) from The University of Tennessee (Knoxville) where he studied with Jerry Coker, Donald Brown, and Mark Boling.