ay holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University and is known for his musical excellence and versatility. He has many years' experience as a music educator in Southern California and is currently a member of the music faculty at Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, and College of the Canyons. He has also appeared nationally as a guest conductor and trumpet clinician and has appeared internationally as an authority on the history of music for brass instruments.
As a trumpeter, he has worked with scores of noted classical and popular artists, and he has played on numerous Hollywood motion picture sound tracks. He has also performed and recorded on baroque trumpet, and he has been a featured trumpet soloist on both modern and baroque instruments. He has conducted a wide variety of orchestral music with professional, collegiate, community, and youth orchestras, in addition to conducting wind ensembles, jazz bands, early music groups, and musical theater and chamber opera productions.
Ray composes for orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, brass band, big band, and chamber ensembles. His compositions have been performed widely across the United States and in Europe. More than 130 of his works are available on this site through Premiere Press. His CD, "Watercolor Menagerie," can also be ordered HERE, and the CD and other musical tracks can be purchased at CD Baby and iTunes.