The Eastern Iowa Brass Band welcomes Joshua Thompson to the podium!
Joshua Thompson is currently a trumpet performer and teacher in the Iowa City area. Currently, he is a Visiting Artist in the Department of Music at Cornell College, serving as a director of the Wind Ensemble. Having served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the trumpet studio for three years at the University of Iowa, he is currently a candidate (ABD) for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy with an emphasis on Instrumental Conducting. While attending the University of Iowa, he has performed with the university’s Symphony Orchestras, Symphony Band and Center for New Music Ensemble, all of which have involved the performance of numerous premieres, tours and The University of Iowa’s first performance in Carnegie Hall. He is currently a member of the Old Capitol Brass quintet, which regularly performs at a variety of concert venues, public schools, clinics and festivals throughout Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.
Joshua received his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. At Bowling Green, he worked as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the trumpet studio, helped to host an Ohio-area International Trumpet Guild Conference and was a guest artist with the Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra, performing Aaron Copland’s Quiet City. He received his Bachelor of Music from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and graduated cum laude with degrees in Instrumental Performance and Music Education. He was active throughout Ohio as a freelance musician, performed regularly with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Carmon DeLeone and was a member of the “haus” German polka band at the Hofbräuhaus in Newport, Kentucky.
Joshua has been a finalist in concerto competitions at Miami University, Bowling Green State University and the University of Iowa and was invited to perform as a semifinalist at the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C. He has performed regularly with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Findlay Summer Stock Theatre, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Brass Quintet, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
Recently, Joshua was invited to guest conduct the Eastern Iowa Brass Band in Solon, Iowa as part of their summer concert series. Earlier this year, he was the guest conductor of the prestigious Brass in Blue ensemble from the United States Heartland of America Band. As part of his D.M.A. Thesis project, he has been working closely with composer Libby Larsen to reintroduce her Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (1988) to the world by way of interviews, editing of the score and the creation of a reduction for trumpet, piano and percussion.
Joshua is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (alumnus), and the Free and Accepted Masons, Oxford Lodge No. 67. His primary teachers include Karl Sievers, James Olcott, Gary Speck, Charles Saenz, David Greenhoe, Myron Welch, R. Mark Heidel and Amy Schendel.