Dr. Jay Sconyers has been named director of bands at McNeese State University, according to Dr. Lonny Benoit, head of the W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts.
“Dr. Sconyers is a valuable member of our team and we look forward to working with him and seeing his ideas for the future of McNeese bands,” said Benoit.
Sconyers received his doctorate in musical arts in conducting from the University of South Carolina and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from the University of Georgia.
At McNeese, he has served as assistant director of bands and as an instructor of music.
“I’m excited to continue working with the faculty and students within our department and creating exciting entertainment for all McNeese fans,” says Sconyers.
Prior to arriving at McNeese, he served on the instructional staff of the University of Georgia Redcoat Band, University of South Carolina Marching Band and as a brass instructor with several open and world class drum and bugle corps.
He is an alumnus of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and currently serves as an assistant brass caption head and a senior brass instructor with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.
Sconyers is also a member of various professional organizations, including the College Band Directors National Association and the National Band Association.