Meet Ray


Ray has performed with scores of noted classical and popular artists and has played on numerous Hollywood motion picture sound tracks. He has performed and recorded on baroque trumpet and has been a featured trumpet soloist on both modern and baroque instruments.


Ray composes for orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, brass band, big band, and chamber ensembles. His compositions have been performed widely across the United States and in Europe. Nearly 200 of his works are available on this site, as are his books and recordings.

Musicologist & Expert Witness

Ray has appeared nationally and internationally as an authority on the history of music for brass instruments. He is also recently active as an expert witness and forensic musicologist.


Ray has conducted professional, collegiate, community, and youth orchestras, in addition to wind ensembles, jazz bands, early music groups, musical theater, and chamber operas.


Ray also has many years’ experience as a private trumpet teacher and college music educator.


Read briefly about Ray's early years and his path to and through his college years.