Second Lieutenant Julian “Jay” Sconyers is the flight commander and associate conductor of the United States Air Force Band of the West, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Lt Sconyers assists the Commander to lead, organize, and equip a unit of 61 Airmen in engagements throughout the Southeastern United States and abroad on behalf of the 502d Air Base Wing.
Prior to serving in the Air Force, Lt Sconyers served as Director of Bands and Assistant Director of Bands at McNeese State University. Lt Sconyers received his doctorate in musical arts in conducting from the University of South Carolina, where he studied with Dr. Scott Weiss, and his masters of music education and bachelors of music education from the University of Georgia, where he studied trumpet with Professor Fred Mills. Prior to his time in higher education, Lt Sconyers served as the Director of Bands at Elbert County Comprehensive High School in Elberton, GA.
Lt Sconyers has performed in a wide variety of instrumental and choral ensembles, performing throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Vatican, and China. He has served as an associate producer with the USC Wind Ensemble’s album Dynasty on the Summit Label and as a producer and conductor on the McNeese State University Marching Band’s album McNeese Saturday Nights. Lt Sconyers has been published with GIA Press in the 12th edition of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band as well as an upcoming publication of Arvo Pärt’s Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen for wind ensemble. Lt Sconyers has presented at a variety of conferences and clinics around the country including: The College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Athletic Band Symposium (2021), The CBDNA Southeast Regional Conference (2018, 2020, 2022), The CBDNA National Conference (2017), Louisiana Music Educators Conference (2022), Georgia Music Educators Conference (2015), The Future Music Educators Colloquium (2017, 2019), The Marching Arts Roundtable (2018, 2019), and at many high schools, colleges, and universities.
Lt Sconyers is heavily involved in the marching band and drum and bugle corps activities having previously served on the instructional staff of the University of Georgia Redcoat Band, University of South Carolina Marching Band, several open and world class drum and bugle corps, and is an alumnus of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently, he serves as a brass instructor with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2016-present). Lt Sconyers is an active music arranger, drill designer, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the United States, and his work has been featured by various collegiate and high school marching bands, in features on collegemarching.com, 2022 CBDNA Southeast Regional Conference, 2017 CBDNA National Conference, 2017 Bands of America Grand (BoA) National Finals, several regional BoA events, and as the opening act of the 2018 London New Year’s Day Parade.
2009: Bachelor of Music, Music Education, University of Georgia
2011: Master of Music Education, University of Georgia
2017: Doctorate of Musical Arts, Conducting, University of South Carolina
2022: Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
1. October 2022-December 2022, Student, Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2. December 2022- Present, USAF Band of the West, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant 16 December 2022