Dr. Justin Waller is an active musician and teacher across the United States. He currently serves as principal trombone for the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, and has performed and recorded with such groups as the American Brass Quintet, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, the Huntsville (AL) Symphony Orchestra, and numerous others. Notable solo performances include a guest recital at the Summer Trombone Workshop, hosted at the Manhattan School of Music, and a performance of the Concertino for trombone and string orchestra by Lars-Erik Larsson with the SCCC College Orchestra.
Justin joined the faculty at East Tennessee State University in 2018. Under his leadership, the trombone studio has grown significantly in both numbers and quality, culminating in a performance by the ETSU Trombone Octet at the 2022 International Trombone Festival, a first in ETSU history. In addition to developing the trombone studio, Justin has taught Secondary Brass for Music Education majors, Brass Literature and Pedagogy, and Music Entrepreneurship.
Before joining the faculty at ETSU, he served as an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, NY, where he taught Applied Low Brass, Introduction to Music, History of Rock and Roll, and Basic Musicianship. Justin has also served as artist-faculty for the Tennessee Valley Music Festival, Forage and Flourish Contemporary Music Festival, and the Performing Arts Institute.
Justin earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY, and graduated with the Bachelor of Music degree from Columbus State University in Columbus, GA.
Justin Waller is an S.E. Shires Performing Artist, and plays Greg Black Mouthpieces exclusively.