Justin resides in Nashville, tennessee as an active percussionist, music educator, and composer for the greater middle tennessee area and beyond.
Having earned a degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Martin, Justin is very passionate about music and music education. He has taught private lessons, performed at Percussive Arts Society International Convention (as a soloist and in ensembles), composed and arranged numerous pieces for a variety of instruments, and worked in commissioning and premiering new works for percussion. Performance locations include the US and Brazil for various concerts, clinics, weddings, dedications, and more. Currently, Justin enjoys working on literature to be performed for students on educational tours, as well as solo and collaborative works to be performed in community settings.
Justin is also a member of the professional organizations PAS and NAfME. As an active educator, he has gained field experience through coursework and volunteered time. In 2015, he attended the highly successful NAfME Hill Day Summit as a collegiate representative of music education, discussing important issues facing music education with state representatives in Washington, D.C. His involvement with PAS ranges from coordinating group visitation to PASIC to most recently working with the Diversity Alliance to raise visibility of diverse and accomplished professionals in the community through interviews and spotlights.
Justin is very involved in the marching activity, having performed with Spirit of Atlanta and Phantom Regiment. He also has been involved with 8-time WGI World Champions and PASIC clinicians Music City Mystique since 2011 as a performer, section leader, and currently an instructor.
His work spans various roles including technician, arranger, caption head, sound engineer, designer, and director for indoor and outdoor percussion ensembles. Notable groups he has worked for include University of Tennessee at Martin, Madison Scouts, Music City Mystique, Union City High School, Clarksville Audio Theater, Page High School, Music City Drum Corps, and more.
Pivotal figures in his education include Dr. Julie Hill, Matt Jordan, Dr. Jonathan Vest, Carlos Johnson, Meagan Nelson, Craig Loeffler, Bret Kuhn, Angelo Outlaw, Andrew Lynge, Dr. John Oelrich, Dr. Daniel Heagney, Erik Johnson, Dr. Daniel Piccolo, and more. Justin plans to continually expand his horizons as a percussionist, composer, musician, and educator with every opportunity that presents itself. Justin proudly endorses Innovative Percussion Inc. as an Educational Artist.