Jay Marenco, 16, is a bassist in 10th grade at Cypress Ranch High School and has been in Virtuosi of Houston for four years. Jay started taking bass lessons at age 10 with Gabriel Katz, studied with Nick Puccia for 3 years, and is now taking lessons with Andrew Moritz. Jay has been selected to be in the Cy Fair Region 27 orchestras for the past 5 years and has also earned top ratings for both solo and ensemble performances in the CFISD UIL compe-titions. Jay participated in the Virtuosi of Houston’s small group ensemble coached by bassist Eric Larsen.
When not playing the bass, Jay enjoys playing the piano, art, music, movies, baking, and is on the Debate Team. Jay also plays the bass guitar and is a founding member of the band Serene. Jay has two older sisters who play the viola and cello at Texas A&M University. During the pandemic, the Marenco family adopted two kittens, Henry and Charlie, who keep the family laughing with their antics.