Jay was raised in Michigan, but has also lived in many places across the country, including Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Indiana. During his time moving across the United States, he developed a passion for a music and performance, and eventually became a member of the University of Michigan Marching Band. During his time in the MMB, he also marched with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps and taught at high school marching bands in Michigan and South Carolina. Currently, he is a member of the official band of the Seattle Sounders FC, the Sound Wave. Jay holds a degree in microbiology from the University of Michigan, and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Global Health at the University of Washington.