Joe Brown is a native of Gastonia, NC. Since 2009, Joe has been working towards a DMA in Trombone Performance at the University of Texas-Austin, where he studies with Dr. Nathaniel Brickens and is also a teaching assistant. At UT, Joe performs with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Trombone Choir, and as a member of the City Limits Brass. He was a finalist in the 2009-10 UT Concerto Competition. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in 2001 and Master's Degrees in Trombone Performance and Music Education in 2004 from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where he studied 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.
From 2007-2009 he was an adjunct faculty member of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where he taught applied trombone/euphonium and low brass methods. He has also served as the trombone instructor for ASU’s Cannon Music Camp, a summer music camp for high school students. 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. He was also a North Carolina Teaching Fellow.
Joe regularly performs with the Drei Bones trombone trio, the High Country Brass, the Piedmont Jazz Collective, and the Palmetto Posaunen. He has performed with the Dallas Brass, the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Salisbury Symphony, the Carolinas Wind Orchestra, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, the Legends of Beach, and aboard the Regent Seven Seas Navigator. He has performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL, 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, Duffy Jackson, Rick Simerly, Todd Wright, and Wycliffe Gordon. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, MENC, NCMEA, International Trombone Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Joe lives in Austin, TX with his wife Laura, a certified music therapist and a PhD student at the University of Texas-Austin.