|| Jay McArthur is currently the director of band for Choctawhatchee High School in Ft. Walton Beach, FL after having completed a 28-year career as a band director in the state of Mississippi. McArthur’s bands are consistently recognized for their quality including a tradition of All Superior ratings and 2 State Marching Band Championships for the Ridgeland High School Band where he founded the band program and has spent the 11 years. He has served on the Executive Board of the East Central Mississippi Band Directors Association, Mississippi High School Activities Association Legislative Council, and the Executive Board of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association twice. McArthur was a charter member of Memphis Blues Brass Band in 1980, was a marching staff member of the 1987 Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps, and was percussion caption head and program coordinator for the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from 1994-1996. His performance experiences include the University of Mississippi Wind Ensemble, the Mississippians Jazz Band, Tupelo Symphony, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Symphonic Winds, and the DownBeat Jazz Orchestra.
An active clinician, adjudicator, and consultant for bands and events across the country, McArthur is life-time member of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association, a member of Florida Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, Gulf Coast Judges Association, Mississippi Indoor Association, and is especially honored by his association with Winter Guard International’s percussion division.
Jay is married to the former Amy Lewis of Quitman, MS. They have two sons, John Thomas, III, and Cadden Moore, and are guarded the fierce Yorkshire terrier, Lily.