Jay Marenco, age 17, is a bassist in 12th grade at Cypress Ranch High School. He has been in Virtuosi of Houston since 8th grade, making this his 5th year in the program. Jay started taking bass lessons at age 10 with Gabriel Katz, studied with Nick Puccia for 3 years, and currently taking lessons with Andrew Moritz. Jay has been selected to be in the Cy Fair Region 27 orchestras for the past 7 years and was selected to be a member of the TMEA All-State Orchestra during for the past two years, ranking 8th overall for String Bass in the 2022-2023 cycle. When not playing the bass, Jay enjoys playing the piano, cooking, reading, and rock climbing. He is also a member of the Cypress Ranch Jazz Orchestra and the Cypress Ranch Literary Criticism UIL Team. Jay has two older sisters who play the viola and cello at Texas A&M University.