Jay Brown’s first experience with drum and bugle corps came in 1947 with the Invaders of Norristown, Pennsylvania. He moved to the drum line of the Osmond Cadets in the early 1950s. In 1952, three members of that drum line went to the national championships with Reilly Raiders as fill-ins, but never had the opportunity to march in the contest. He joined the United States Marine Corps, returned to the Reilly Raiders in 1959 and has been associated with the organization ever since. He has been a valuable performer on tenor or snare drum and committee volunteer for more than 40 years. He served on Reilly Raiders’ board of directors, helping the group to reorganize in the 1960s. He taught the drum section with Bill Kaufman for a short time. He was also a judge with the New Jersey Association for three years.