Tommy Ray Guess III ("Tray") was born in Boulder, Colorado, where he spent the majority of his life. He is a trumpet player who is versed in orchestral, jazz, and concert music. He also marched a year of drum corps with the Troopers and is knowledgeable in the marching arts.
Tray graduated from Centaurus High School, where he had his first experiences with composition. During his senior year wrote and conducted a work for concert band entitled Ascension. He also wrote a solo part for his marching band production.
In May 2020, Tray graduated from Cornell College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He studied under Dr. Aaron Perrine from 2017-2019, and Lydia Dempsey from 2019-2020. Tray is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.