Jay Meachum, jazz trumpet


Trumpeter, Arranger, and clinician Jay Meachum, originally from Lexington, NC, has been teaching on the college level since 1997. He is currently on faculty at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.

An active performer in all styles of music, he has performed many musical giants throughout the world. Performing and touring with many different artists, from Motown, Big Band, Rock, and Contemporary Christian groups, recent shows and tours included performances with Quincy Jones, Matthew Morrison, Clark Terry, Arturo Sandoval, Freddie Cole, Tito Puente Jr., Wynonna Judd, The Manhattan Transfer, Victor Wooten, Danny Gottlieb, Duffy Jackson, Fred Wesley, Michael Feinstein, Ashford & Simpson, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Fifth Dimension, The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Peaches and Herb, Ben E. King, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Guy Lombardo Orchestra, and Boots Randolph. He has performed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet and Featured Soloist on their 2002 version of Bravo! Big Band Pops Series, as well as, their 2004 Tribute to Maestro Bill Conti, as well as their 2006 concert with Conductor, Arranger, and Musician Victor Vanacore and their 2010 ABBA concert.

Meachum is also the associate principal trumpet of the Salisbury Symphony and frequently subs for the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte Symphonies

His writing/arranging credits include Grammy nominated Jazz singer, Nnenna Freelon, and multiple Grammy winner Kenny G., and the great Neil Sedaka, and Ben E. King (Stand By Me), just to name a few.

Mr. Meachum has taught at a number of great colleges and universities, those colleges include: Wake Forest University, Catawba College, UNC-Greensboro, Livingstone College, and North Carolina Central University. During his tenure at NCCU, Jay consistently had between 2 and 4 students per year selected for the HBCU ALL STARS, the HBCU equivalent of an All-American Jazz Orchestra. Many of those students have gone on to be professional teachers and performers.

From 2000 to 2006, he was the trumpet instructor at the John Coltrane Summer Jazz Workshop in High Point, NC and from 2004 to 2010, was the headlining Jazz trumpet instructor at the Summer Jazz Camp at the University of Arkansas (Monticello).

Currently, Mr. Meachum is a member of the music faculty at Wake Forest University, teaching Jazz Band, Small Ensembles, secondary applied trumpet, and assisting with the Marching Band.

Jay has also worked extensively in shows and with various artists on cruise ships and has lived in Spain where he performed in a show called “Son Amar Espectaculo.” A member of the Salisbury Symphony, he has also performed a number of times with the Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphonies.

Jay received his BM in classical music performance from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC (May 1990), where he studied trumpet with Joe Phelps.
He earned his MM in Jazz/Studio Music (Summer 1997) from The University of Tennessee (Knoxville) where he studied with Jerry Coker, Donald Brown, and Mark Boling.