Dr. Josh Calkin is currently Associate Professor of Low Brass and Assistant Director of Bands at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. His duties at WSC include teaching all applied low brass, directing the Jazz Band, Chamber Brass Ensembles, Pep Band, Symphonic Band, and Mariachi Oro y Negro, assisting with the Marching Band, and teaching low brass methods, world music, and jazz pedagogy. Josh holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Plymouth (NH) State College, a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from Boise State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance from the University of Iowa.
Josh maintains an active performing schedule, both as a recitalist and in area ensembles. Recent solo appearances include recitals at the Great Plains Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, the Midwest Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba Conference, and the Tuba Euphonium Conference of the Rockies. He also recently appeared as a featured soloist with the Sioux City Municipal Band, the Buena Vista University Concert Band and the Nebraska Brass Band. Josh is the tubist with the Sioux City Symphony Brass Quintet and A Touch of Brass, Principal Tubist with the Sioux City Municipal Band and Nebraska Brass Band, Substitute Tuba with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, sousaphonist with the Crazy Eight Brass Band, and trombonist with the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble.
Josh has studied tuba with John Manning, Michael Fischer, Thom Untersee and Matt Walters. He has also studied trombone with James Chesebrough and conducting with Marcellus Brown and Gary Corcoran. Josh is an Adams Brass Performing Artist and plays Adams tubas.
In his spare time Josh enjoys golfing, reading, and hiking, and volunteers at animal shelters. He is active in the Wayne Community Theatre and Corinthian Lodge #86, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He lives in Wayne with his wife, Lauren, and their two dogs and three cats.