Dr Jay Kennedy

Dr Jay Kennedy

Music Performance Adjudicator


Jay Kennedy’s career encompasses varied and successful experiences as a composer, arranger, producer, performer, educator, and administrative leader. He is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice Provost at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr Kennedy received the PhD from Boston College, and the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Northwestern University.


Dr Kennedy is from Holliston, Massachusetts and has been an active adjudicator for marching band, drum corps, and indoor percussion competitions for over 30 years, has written for several drum and bugle corps, and composed the theme for the Drum Corps International contest broadcasts.  He was elected to the DCI Hall of Fame in 2007 for longtime contributions as an adjudicator, judge administrator, arranger, and composer.

Kennedy has composed, arranged, and produced music for hundreds of television and radio commercials, for which he has received numerous awards. His music has also been heard in feature films, including Wayne’s World, Electric Horseman, Fast Break, and Lethal Weapon 2. Dr Kennedy's work can also be heard in a variety of television series including One Tree Hill, Judging Amy, and Felicity. A veteran of the recording industry, Kennedy has written and produced music for Sheryl Crow, Siedah Garrett, James Ingram, Patti Austin, Little Richard, Stanley Clarke, Brenda Russell, Dave Grusin, and Singers Unlimited. He was a Grammy Award finalist in 2002 for arrangements on the recording, Virtuosi, by Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone. His published compositions include works for concert band, percussion ensemble, and marching band.