Jay Ware is an award-winning performing artist, educator, composer, and arranger whose consummate versatility has garnered the praise of musical giants such as David Baker and Eric Ewazen. His performing/recording credits include: Grammy Award winner Dee Stewart, Pulitzer-Prize winner Gunther Schuller, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Mary Wilson and The Supremes, Emmy winner and Jazz legend David Baker, Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame member Bob Becker, Grammy Award nominees Jack Wilkins and Chuck Owen, opera diva and Grammy Award contributing artist Marietta Simpson, the New York Brass Quintet, the Broyhill Chamber Orchestra, the Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Mike Vax, Rick Simerly, Steve Houghton, Carroll Dashiell Jr., Tom Walsh, Everett Greene, Pat Harbison, Dominic Spera, Dalores King Williams, Luke Gillespie, the Bloomington Pops Orchestra, and many others. He has performed at conventions and festivals including the American Bandmasters Association, CBDNA, Music Educators National Conference, Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion, New Trier Jazz Festival, Spoleto Music Festival, Appalachian Summer Music Festival, as well as special appearances on various television and radio broadcasts. In 2007, he founded the Jay Ware Quintet (JWQ) which has performed throughout the nation, including residencies at the Williamston Jazz Gala and the Tri-State Select Honor Jazz Ensemble.
In addition to his performing credits, Mr. Ware is equally active as an educator and advocate for music in school curricula. He is currently the Director of Percussion at South Carolina State University where he teaches applied percussion and directs the SCSU Percussion Ensemble. Previously Mr. Ware served as Associate Director of Bands and Director of Percussion at West Liberty University in Wheeling, WV. He has served as Associate Instructor in the Jazz Department at The Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University (IN), Director of Concert Band, Basketball Band, and Graduate Assistant for the Marching Mountaineers at Appalachian State University (NC), Instructor for the Musical Arts Youth Orchestra Jazz Program (IN), Director of Bands at South Lenoir High School (NC), as well as Marching Percussion Arranger/Instructor for over 30 high schools. He is in high demand as a classical and jazz performing artist, guest conductor, adjudicator, marching clinician, and music advocate, and has offered masterclasses at universities and schools throughout the nation. Mr. Ware has been nominated twice as Who's Who Among America's Teachers, is a winner of the Appalachian State University Concerto/Aria Competition, and was nominated for the prestigious Performers Certificate at Indiana University.
Mr. Ware has served as Vice President of the West Virginia Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and was Site Coordinator for the 2010 WV PAS Day of Percussion. He is an endorsing artist for Latin Percussion, Remo, Innovative Percussion, and Yamaha.