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Jay Vonado

Ray Charles

Jay attended Mansfield University in the fall of 1993, studying jazz improvisation with Dr. Michael Galloway for one year and jazz arranging for one semester. He was lead trombonist and featured soloist with the Mansfield University Jazz Band for four years, where they performed at the PMEA, MENC, and placed third at the Villanova Jazz Festival in 1994. Jay played with jazz saxophonist Bob Mintzer at the Mansfield University Jazz Festival, and also performed with Mansfield alumni Neil Slater, who was the director of the One O’clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas. In 1999, Jay won a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music.

Since leaving College, Jay has performed at his high school with the jazz band, in the pit orchestra for Penns Valley High School from 1999-2001, for the Bald Eagle Area High School from 2002-2004, for Singing On Stages production of Dream Girls in 2006, Oliver in 2007, Apple Tree and Barnum in 2009, Oliver and Hairspray in 2010, Chicago in 2011, Merrily We Roll Along in 2012, Urinetown and Scrooge in 2013, Annie and A Chorus Line in 2014. He was also trombonist with the Valley Jazz Orchestra from 2004-2007, and trombonist with Jazz Innate, an octet, from 2003-2005.

Jay was also the Lead Trombonist with the Keystone Society of Swing Big Band from 2001-2006. He plays in a trombone quartet called Trombone Chowder, and a five trombone and rhythm section jazz group, Slide Zone. He also plays in a jazz sextet, Hexagon, playing original music. Currently he plays in a quartet of trombone, keyboard, bass and drums that has played Lewisburg Live, Bellefonte Library Concert Series and South Hills Business School Summer Concert Series. He plays in a big band, Zeropoint, playing the solo trombone book. He also has smaller groups, a jazz trio of trombone, organ, drums that has played at The Butler Fall Festival, Raystown Lake Amphitheater, Lewisburg Stroll Thru The Arts, People’s Choice Festival in Boalsburg, The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College and The Lebanon Jazz Festival. He has a duo of trombone and guitar or trombone and keyboard or trombone and bass called swing-nova that has played throughout the centre region including many nursing homes and assisted living communities in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Jay has also had the privilege of playing with vocalist Catherine Dupuis, pianist Russ Kassoff, bassists Martin Wind, Jay Anderson, David Finck and Jay Leonhart and drummers Tim Horner and Dennis Mackrel at the Jazz PA Festival from 2005-2010.

Email him at [email protected]