Jay Contrino (Drum Set), Adjunct Faculty - Southeast Missouri State University
Jay Contrino, adjunct instructor of music, teaches Jazz Appreciation,
Theories of Music in Culture, Aural Skills, and applied drum set lessons.
As an educator, Jay is a former instructor of the North Texas Music Academy and
is former adjunct faculty of Eastfield College in Dallas, TX. As a player, he
has performed a variety of music styles and genres throughout his professional
career including pop, rock, funk, jazz, big band, country, and Broadway style
musicals. He has performed on cruise ships, at theme parks, small clubs, large
hotels, symphony halls, and jazz festivals. Notable performances include the
New Orleans Jazz Festival in 2007, the Denton Jazz and Arts Festival in 2008,
and the Smokey Hill River Festival in Salina, KS, in 2011. In 2008 he toured
throughout the United States as a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
During his 4 year tenure
with Royal Caribbean cruise lines, he was music director and performed with
entertainers Maureen McGovern, Ben Vereen, Tommy Tune, the Osmond Brothers, Lorna
Luft, Joanne Whirley, Bowzer, Mickey Dolenz, the Platters, the Coasters, and
The Diamonds to name but a few. Since moving to Cape Girardeau, in
January 2010, Jay has performed with the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra,
the Theater and Dance department in musicals, and with the faculty jazz
ensemble,The Jazz Sultans. In March, 2011, Jay was the featured guest
artist with the Percussion Ensemble. Jay also performs in Cape Girardeau with
the Lower Downtown Jazz Quartet.
Jay holds a Bachelor in
Performance (B.M.) from Berklee College of Music, and a Master's degree in Jazz
Studies (M.M.) from University of North Texas. Notable drum teachers that Jay
has studied with include Gary Chaffee and Ed Soph.