Jay grew up in Marin County and now resides in the East Bay. He received a Bachelor’s Degree and Lifetime Teaching Credential from the University of California, Davis, and a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from California State University at Hayward. He taught high school for 20 years in Richmond and Danville, and his instrumental performance groups have won awards throughout the state, including two first place performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Currently in his 22nd year at Laney College, he serves as the Chairman of the Music Department. In addition, Jay is a Full Professor at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. He teaches music theory, history, ear training, and conducts various instrumental ensembles. Recipient of a Golden Bell Award for Outstanding Teaching in the State of California as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the PTA, Lehmann has been a Laney College Teacher of the Year, received the Outstanding Achievement Award for teaching from Laney College, and serves as the Laney Academic Senate Music Representative. At BYO, Jay develops and oversees our music program, directs the music staff, and serves as our concert conductor.
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