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Justin is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Fort Lewis College where he leads the Fort Lewis College Symphonic Band as well as teaches saxophone, clarinet, and other courses. He also works as a freelance audio editor, producer, and saxophonist. When not performing, conducting, or otherwise making music, he enjoys camping and hiking in the Colorado wilderness and catching the occasional baseball or hockey game.
Originally from Michigan, Justin moved to Reno, Nevada after his undergraduate studies where he taught band, choir, guitar, and digital music for five years. After rebuilding a successful high school band program, he went on to pursue his master's degree and later teach at the University of Nevada, Reno. While at UNR he led courses in music appreciation, was a staff member with the marching band, and directed the Nevada Concert Winds. Justin recently earned his DMA in Conducting from Arizona State University under the tutelage of Gary W. Hill and Jason Caslor. While at ASU he guest conducted both the ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony, served as co-conductor of the ASU Concert Band, and assisted with conducting classes.
Justin is interested in human perception and understanding of music, instruments, and their relationships to performance (cognitive/perceptual neuroscience and social science)—especially regarding electroacoustics and digital musical instruments. He loves collaborating on and developing new multimedia and electroacoustic works, especially those that explore innovative combinations of acoustic and electronic instruments. His passion for these innovative combinations inspired his dissertation, “So, You Want to Do a Piece with Electronics? A Layperson’s Guide to Works for Wind Band and Electronics,” a detailed how-to guide on how to perform existing works in the medium. In addition to his DMA in Conducting from ASU, he holds a Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University.