Jay Craggs Bio:

Jay Craggs currently teaches at and is the Production and Technical Operations Coordinator for UW-Whitewater. Duties at the University include teaching as well as technical coordination and AV system design for a wide variety of special events and concerts on campus as well as supervising student technicians. Jay is active in the A/V industry as a consultant, and holds the Infocom CTS (Certified Technology Specialist) certification.

As a guitarist, composer, and educator Jay has performed for audiences across North America.He has shared the stage, recorded with, or opened for many jazz, rock, and entertainment notables including Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Buddy Rich, Yellowjackets, Paul Pesco, Kansas, Bobby Shew, James Moody, Bob Mintzer, Frank Mantooth, Phil Collen, Rare Silk, Ryan Truesdell, Chris Vadalla, Ritchie Cole, Steve Houghton, Dennis DiBlasio, Steve Wiest, Ernie Adams, Rich LIttle, Tommy Holland, and many others.

Jay has wroked with a variety of national acts as a sound designer and audio consultant including Adrian Belew, Rush tour, Prince tour, David Bowie tour, Living Colour, Lou Reed tour, Night Ranger, Frank Mantooth, the Tom-Tom Club, Al DiMeola, and others.

Album credits for performing or engineering include Better Way, by the group Dyad (Stoic, 2003), Cloud Faktory, & Play On by the group Retrobeast (Earth Island Records, 2003, 2005), Sophisticated Lady by Frank Mantooth (SeaBreeze, 1995), Stain by Living Colour (Epic,1993), and producer and engineering credits on many regional and local artist CD projects. My first solo album, "Land Ho" (Stoic, 1994), featured pianist Frank Mantooth, bassist Larry Gray, trumpeter Jeff Tyzik, drummer Dave Mancini, on my original music. Film Credits include soundtrack audio engineering contributions to the 2010 International Emmy Award winner “The World According to Ion B", an HBO Romania documentary.

Jay remains active as a consultant, composer/arranger, studio guitarist, recording engineer, and MIDI programmer. Projects include album work, radio and TV jingles, sequencing for live performance, video underscoring, and post-production. Clients have included Famous Footwear, Northwestern Mutual Life, HBO Romania, UW-Whitewater, Continental Trade Exchange, Midwest Directories, and regional retailers.

As an educator, Jay has developed curriculum and taught college music & technology courses for Columbia College Chicago, Madison Media Institute, and UW-Whitewater. Craggs has presented many music and technology related clinics, lectures, and performances at colleges and secondary schools throughout the U.S., including the Grove School of Music, Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.), Musicians Institute in Los Angeles., Columbia College, Full Sail School of the Recording Arts, Madison Media Institute, University of Nebraska-Omaha, UW-Platteville, UW-Whitewater, Carroll College, North Central College, NACA Conferences, various high schools, and music industry trade shows. He has published several guitar and technology-related magazine articles and has done technical writing for musical equipment manufacturers.

B.M. Education, UW-Whitewater.
Follett Full Tuition Graduate Fellowship, Columbia College, Chicago.
M.A. in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management, Columbia College Chicago.

Teaching, Curriculum, and Higher Education Experience:

Columbia College Chicago - courses taught
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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - courses taught
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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - courses taught
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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - technical positions:

Madison Media Institute - courses taught:

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Last updated August 1st, 2008