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Ray is from Oklmugee, Oklahoma. His musical instruction began with piano lessons at the age of 6. He started on trumpet at 13 and has continued playing both instruments since.He completed the Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance at Oklahoma City University (OCU) in 1982.
After starting a family and spending several years in the business world he returned to OCU where he earned a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance. After touring one season with Tim Zimmerman and The Kings Brass he moved to Branson in 1996 and took the position of trumpet player/arranger for The Shoji Tabuchi Show. A few years later he switched to keyboard for Shoji and in 2004 became band leader where he assisted with music production and CD recording projects. In late 2007 Ray took the job as keyboard player/trumpet player/band leader/arranger for The Hughes Brothers Show. His duties with the Hughes Family inlude: music production, recording engineer, rehearsal scheduling, rehearsal pianist, music librarian, and piano teacher.
Ray lives in Forsyth with his wife Lyn. They have two daughters that are graduates of Missouri State University.
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