J.J. Wright is a GRAMMY Award-winning pianist, conductor, and composer. Originally trained as a jazz improviser, Wright has released two of his own CDs and won a GRAMMY for his work with internationally acclaimed jazz vibraphonist, Dave Samuels. As a member of the United States Naval Academy Band, Wright played for foreign dignitaries and high-ranking officials, including the president. Wright holds a Masters of Sacred Music from the University of Notre Dame and is currently working on his doctorate. For the 2016–2017 academic year, Wright is studying at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome while he writes his dissertation and interns with the Sistine Chapel Choir.