Dr. Joseph Brown is an active educator and trombonist currently living in Southeastern Ohio. He is currently adjunct faculty at Ohio University, where he teaches courses in Rock History and Music Education. Joe is also adjunct faculty at Alamance Community College in Graham, NC, where he teaches online courses in Music Appreciation and Jazz History. As a chamber musician, Joe is currently involved with 3Basso, a faculty low brass trio at Ohio University, as well as the Ohio Trombone Quartet, a chamber group comprised of trombone professionals from the Central/Southeastern Ohio area.
In 2012, Joe completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance at the University of Texas-Austin, where he studied with Dr. Nathaniel Brickens and was also the teaching assistant for the trombone studio. At UT, Joe performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, Trombone Choir, and as a member of City Limits Brass, UT’s graduate brass quintet. He was also a finalist in the 2009-10 UT Concerto Competition. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2001 and dual Master's Degrees in Trombone Performance and Music Education in 2004 from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where he studied trombone with Dr. Harold McKinney. He was the winner of the ASU Concerto competition in 2003, and was featured as a soloist with the ASU Wind Ensemble performing Derek Bourgeois' Trombone Concerto. Joe was part of the Fellow class at the 2013 Alessi Seminar, Tuscaloosa, AL. From 2012-2014 he served as adjunct faculty at Western Illinois University, where he taught courses in American Popular Music, as well as Monmouth College, where he directed the Monmouth College Concert Band. He was also the bass trombonist of the Quincy (IL) Symphony Orchestra. From 2007-2009 Joe was an adjunct faculty member of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where he taught applied trombone, euphonium, trombone choir, and low brass methods. He has also served as the trombone instructor for ASU’s Cannon Music Camp. During this period, Joe was also the Bass Trombonist for the Symphony of the Mountains, Kingsport, TN from 2007-2009. Joe is a former band director of W.P. Grier Middle School, Gastonia, NC where he taught from 2003-2007, leading a program with approximately 275-300 students in symphonic band and jazz band courses. He was also a North Carolina Teaching Fellow.
Joe has performed with the West Virginia Symphony, River Cities Symphony, Notre Dame Festival Orchestra, Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra, Dallas Brass, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, the Carolinas Wind Orchestra, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, the Legends of Beach, Drei Bones trombone trio, High Country Brass, King Street Brass, the Piedmont Jazz Collective, the Palmetto Posaunen, and aboard the Regent Seven Seas Navigator. He has performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL, International Trombone Festivals in Austin, TX, Nashville, TN, and Paris, France, the American Bandmasters Association Convention, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. Joe has shared the stage with artists such as: Joseph Alessi, James Markey, Ben van Dijk, Allen Vizutti, Eddie Daniels, Chris Vidala, Rick Simerly, and Wycliffe Gordon. He is a member of the International Trombone Association, Ohio Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, American Federation of Musicians, and a former member of MENC, NCMEA, and TMEA. Joe is also proud to be an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Rho Tau chapter. Joe lives in Athens, OH with his wife Dr. Laura Brown, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at Ohio University, and their amazing and wonderful daughters Morgan (4) and Caroline (1).